Somerset County Women’s League Division Two South: Middlezoy Reserves 0, Wildcats Ladies 2
On another glorious autumn Sunday afternoon, our Wildcats Ladies made the short journey up the M5 to Bridgwater to take on Middlezoy Reserves.
Missing a number of regulars from the starting XI, they had to make a couple of positional changes, alongside squad players stepping up from the start.
Although the Wildcats had the majority of the ball in the first half, clearcut scoring chances were limited. Their best chance came from a well taken corner from Emily Ayers, which was met by twin sister Charlotte, but her header was just too high.
Ringla Tance also had a good chance, but needed more power to really test the keeper, while at the other end Wildcats defence did a great job of protecting their goalkeeper.
The second half saw much more goalmouth action at both ends of the pitch; the first chance falling to Middlezoy, who had been gaining in confidence since the re-start, but their striker’s shot was just wide of the target.
From the resulting goal kick, Wildcats’ Ebony Sellick had an identical chance go wide by the same margin.
With the game locked at 0-0, the Wildcats keeper Bianca Hamlyn made two excellent saves, before Sellick finally made a deserved breakthrough, smashing home after an excellent throw from Charlotte Ayers.
With a little over ten minutes to go, Middlezoy looked to press for an equaliser, but in doing so left big gaps at the back which the Wildcats exploited to good effect, forcing a couple of corners and also having a penalty decision turned away after Teagan Burrow was brought down in the box.
The Middlezoy keeper made an outstanding point-blank save from Sellick, before, with the final kick of the game Sellick sealed the three points by slotting home from the edge of the area after the goalkeeper had spilled the ball having come to claim a through pass from Emily Ayers.
Having dropped back into defence for the day, captain Charlotte Ayers had an excellent game, while Bryony Sellick was unlucky not to have been awarded player of the match after an excellent defensive display.
Special mention must go to reserve keeper Teagan Burrow who, despite not playing ‘on pitch’ for over three years, had an outstanding game on the right wing.
For her two goals, Wildcats’ player of the match was Ebony Sellick.
Team: Bianca Hamlyn, Bryony Sellick, Charlotte Ayers (cpt), Tenika Goss, Amber Finucane-Fenn, Danielle Bond, Emily Ayers, Grace Winter, Teagan Burrow, Ebony Sellick, Ringla Tance. Subs (both used): Kansas Gosling, Amber Perry.
Wildcats take their 100 per cent record to another Bridgwater side Sydenham Rangers Ladies (Blue) next Sunday, ko 2pm.