Weymouth travelled to Wooten Bassett on Saturday not knowing what to expect as they were new to the league this season. Although missing quite a few first team regulars, Weymouth fielded a strong side and were confident after a good win the week before.
The home team started better and took Weymouth by surprise. They had a number of attacks early on and Weymouth were on the back foot. This resulted in an early goal. Laura Osbourne in goal got a pad to it but it wasn’t quite enough to stop the very good shot. Their forwards were clinical and scored with the only 2 shots of the first half.
Weymouth’s heads didn’t go down and started linking passes together and creating chances. Natalie Halford was marked tightly but showed her quality by making some runs and creating some good passages of play. Lara Blundell and Chloe Van Crugten did some good running up front and got on the end of some good balls coming from midfield. Chloe had some good efforts saved by a very good keeper. Weymouth had a few penalty corners in the first half but Wooten Bassetts keeper wasn’t letting anything past. Gina Huntley stepping up from the two’s had a good game in defensive midfield and didn’t look out of place at all.
Captain Wendy Butcher was very strong in defence and stopped a lot of good attacks by their forwards. Carrying an injury, Wendy had to come off just before the break so versatile Chloe Van Crugten stepped in to cover, going from centre forward to centre back. Weymouth kept the score at 2-0 going into half time.
Weymouth were the better side in the second half and were unlucky not to score. They also felt they could have been awarded a penalty flick. 3 or 4 players were playing with injuries and had to play on as only one sub. Man of the match Jo Brazier had a very strong game at right back, making that position her own. New players to the team Claire Colbourne and Kim Young have slotted into the team really well and their fitness has been a big asset to the midfield.
Weymouth had quite a few penalty corners in the second half but were kept out by the defence and the keeper again. Wooten Bassett got another goal late on in the second half to seal the win.
Wooten Basset 3 Weymouth 0