Saturday 5th Mar 2016 (Ladies’ 1sts – Central): Mid Somerset 5 – 0 Sidmouth & Ottery
Away Loss for Sidmouth and Ottery Ladies
Although Sidmouth and Ottery Ladies’ 1st XI lost 5-0 in their away game against Mid Somerset, the final score did not reflect the passage of play. Early in the first half, the Wells-based Mid Somerset team scored the first two goals in quick succession and for the rest of the half the SOHC Ladies struggled to make any real headway into the opposition’s half. After half time, a change of formation looked far more promising and much of the game was played in Mid Somerset’s half with some great drives from Maisie Pritchard, Karen Dutton, Aimee Keast and Ellie Marok. The Mid Somerset keeper was kept busy and the SOHC Ladies were unlucky not to score as they kept up the pressure and had a number of shots on goal. Despite SOHC’s efforts, the opposition managed to increase their lead, scoring a further 3 goals before the final whistle. SOHC’s GK, Becky Delasalle, made some fine saves and the back line worked hard in the second half, improving clearances and feeding the ball through to a strengthened midfield. Late in the game SOHC’s defender, Katie ‘2.5’ Jackson, raised some smiles (and a few eyebrows) when she inadvertently attempted to save the opposition’s goal flick by catching the ball!
Next Saturday the SOHC’s Ladies’ play Clifton at home in Sidmouth.
Report by Katie
Saturday 14th Nov 2015 (Ladies 1sts – Central): Sidmouth & Ottery 3 – 2 Mid Somerset
SOHC Ladies 1st’s finally got their long awaited, and much deserved, first win of the season against a fiery Mid Somerset side.
The first goal came from ‘Chick of the Match’ Frankie Elliot who, after several shots on goal, snuck in behind the keeper off a rebound. The midfield continued to work hard – great distribution from centre midfield Maisie Pritchard allowed Ellie Marok and Nikki Lockyer to make some fantastic runs down the wings and into the D.
Unfortunately Mid Somerset equalised quickly – despite some hard fought tackling from Amy Woodruff, Lucy Lefebvre and Katie Jackson. But SOHC soon replied with another goal from Frankie Elliot.
Despite some lovely passages of play, and some great saves from Becky Delasalle, Mid Somerset retaliated right before the break.
With it all to play for SOHC desperately wanted to start the second half strong – and they did just that. A perfect hit out from Amy Woodruff found Karen Dutton out wide, she quickly found Sam Parkyn in the D who calmly beat the defender and slotted it in for her first goal of the season and put SOHC ahead 3-2.
Attacking continued, but Mid Somerset certainly weren’t down and out and proved to be a constant threat. But SOHC stuck at it with some great hassling and channeling down the wings from Katie Ackland and Katie Dean.
The ladies were unlucky not to score again after winning countless short corners (with a goal from Maisie being disallowed), but the final whistle came as a relief for most! It was a brilliant team effort from everyone, who all kept their composure throughout. Next week the Ladies take on Clifton 3rds in Bristol – another must win game to move out of the relegation zone.
Report by Katie Dean
Saturday 7th Nov 2015 (Ladies’ 1sts – Central): Bridgwater 5 – 2 Sidmouth & Ottery
It was going so well…
It was a rather wet in Bridgwater for the start of what could be called a “must win” game against another team who were towards the bottom of the league. It was a reasonably energetic start by SOHC with a number of incursions into the Bridgwater D with Nicky Lockyer leading the charge. Even though there were opportunities to score none were converted by SOHC and soon Bridgwater got themselves back into the game, taking the ball up the pitch and scoring.
A second goal before half-time seemed to be the stimulus SOHC needed as they started the second half at a rate of knots, taking Bridgwater somewhat by surprise. Maisie Pritchard scored the first goal and, three minutes later, Karen Dutton popped the ball in the back of the net. At 2-2 there was hope as SOHC continued to press, but before anyone could blink Bridgwater were ahead again and managed to score a further two goals in fairly short order, despite the best efforts of the defence. It could have been six but Becky Delasalle saved a penalty flick after Sophie Hudson had stopped the ball on the line with her foot.
Next week’s game is another important match against Mid Somerset, 12:00 at Sidmouth Leisure Centre.
Report by Karen Dutton
Saturday 10th Oct 2015 (Ladies 1sts – Central): Sidmouth & Ottery 2 – 4 Taunton Vale 2nds
On a cloudy autumnal Saturday afternoon at Ottery St. Mary, Sidmouth & Ottery faced a tough Taunton Vale team. Having shown how well they could play in the 2nd half of last week’s game, the girls went out hard! This shocked the visitors and we soon had the lead after Karen Dutton fired in from close range. The visitors were not far behind, scoring on a break and left Sidmouth & Ottery trailing 2-1 at half time. Sidmouth went hard out again from the start of the second half, with Maisie Pritchard soon scoring the equaliser! Sidmouth & Ottery kept pushing the attack with some fantastic skill work and team play from Ellie Marok and Nicky Lockyer. Unfortunately in the last 10 minutes Taunton caught us out when we were tiring and ended up scoring two more goals; the result of 2-4 was not a reflection on the play!
The ladies are away this Saturday 17th October to Shepton Mallet at 1pm.
Report by Sophie Hudson
Saturday 3rd Oct 2015 (Ladies 1sts – Central): Taw Valley 4 – 0 Sidmouth & Ottery
It was an early start for the Sidmouth & Ottery women’s 1st team on Saturday 3rd October. The match was to be played away in Barnstaple against the tough opposition of Taw Valley. First push back was won by Sophie Hudson and the whistle blew for the start of the first half. Sidmouth & Ottery began strongly with pace and intensity but an early break by Taw Valley meant that the team were trailing 1-0. Pushing on, Sidmouth & Ottery’s hard work failed to pay off and the pace of the opposition and their slick, sharp passes caused the lead to extend by 3 more goals. With the scoreline at 4-0 it was time to dig deep and utilise the fitness training the team had done in previous weeks. Memorable performances include defender Beth with her powerful and skilled attacking drives and Bish’s persistent tackles in mid-field. The team upped their game massively in the second half by holding off the powerful Taw Valley attackers. The strong team spirit led the team to defend and attack incredibly well with many opportunities to score goals. With both teams’ energy spent, the final whistle blew and the scoreline remained 4-0.
Report by Frankie Elliott
Saturday 19th Sep 2015 (Ladies 1sts – Friendly): ECV Hornets 0 – 5 Sidmouth & Ottery
Sidmouth & Ottery Ladies’ 1st team followed on from a tough defeat last week, to an easy win over ECVH in their last friendly before the league starts. With the final score line standing at 5-0, there was opportunity for many more goals, with the ball residing in SOCHs half for the majority of the game.
The new rules came into play many time in this game, with players breaking too early on too many times to count – from both teams! This sent them back to the half way line, and SOHC scored their first by taking advantage of this. A deflection from Maisie Pritchard from Karen Dutton’s original strike, tipped the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net.
Some fine team work from Frankie, Sam and Ellie saw their short passes up the pitch converted to a goal. Ellie receiving the ball at the top of the ‘D’ and sending a powerful slap to the backboard. Ellie got the better of the goalkeeper again, deflecting the ball past her once again.
Frankie was the next to get her name onto the scoresheet, this time from another well worked short corner routine. The last goal saw Frankie outside the D pass the ball to Katie on the right post, who calmly slipped the ball across the goalkeeper to Maisie, who was waiting on the left post to slip it in.
The Ladies start their league campaign next week with a home game against Old Bristolians 2nds.