Weymouth Draw with Salisbury
By Megan Eadon
A draw in the wind and rain
Weymouth Ladies 3s played against Salisbury in the development league at home on Sunday 4th November. Despite the rain and cold conditions, a solid team performance was displayed.
Weymouth had the starting push back and from the whistle were attacking and strong. The first goal came from a sprinting run down the left from Hannah Venner, a precise pass to Craven saw the first goal calmly and neatly slipped past the keeper into the far corner.
Weymouth continued the pressure with some great play from Grace Dewey and Alanna Hicks playing central positions. Izzy Hopps once again had a solid game in centre midfield, with driving runs and solid tackles. The second goal came from a pass from Hopps to Venner at the top of the D, some clever stick play and confident dribbling saw Venner score past the keeper in the bottom right hand corner.
Defensively, Weymouth were strong and thwarted all attacks on goal in the first half. Sarah Davies, Amelie Comben-Lindsay and Elfie Radford-Wilson all had strong games playing left and right back. Salisbury got a few shots on goal, but some brilliant reaction saves from young keeper, Amalia Solioti-Macklin, and a goal line stop from Comben-Lindsay kept the clean sheet. Beth Ellis had a solid and confident game, running one on the short corners and making crucial stops.
The third goal of the game came from a strong and precise hit by Hopps from the top of the D into the bottom left corner. Just before half time, Salisbury won a short corner. After solid defending the short was eventually converted by being passed in front of the keeper and slotted in for a goal.
Salisbury came out stronger in the second half, some more great clearances from keeper Amalia, but eventually got beat by some powerful Salisbury play.
Further chances were created by Weymouth with some good positions and running by Sarah Smith and Kate Hopps. A great game by both teams, showing that the development league is doing an important job for the confidence and game play of all players.
Special thanks to Tony MacDonald and Joe Bolt for umpiring in the rain and ensuring a fair and smooth game.