Somerset County Women’s League division two south: Wincanton Town Ladies 0, Wellington Wildcats Ladies 3

Our Wildcats Ladies made it six wins from seven games at Wincanton today (Sunday, October 30th).

Wildcats made two changes from the side which beat Bridport Ladies last time out – Heidi Stucki came in for Halle Watlin-Arnold, while under 16s captain Georgia Purdy was making her debut on the right side of midfield in place of Robyn Stockman.

The very blustery conditions and the side-to-side sloping pitch were always going to be a challenge, but Wildcats were quickly into their stride with Ebony Sellick breaking the deadlock. With less than four minutes on the clock, she raced on to a fine through ball from Emily Ayers, just reaching it before the Wincanton keeper.

Wildcats looked to push on after their fast start and created a number of chances from the lower half of the pitch, where Ella Hartley was able to beat her defender with ease. At the other end, Wildcats’ ever improving defensive unit was able to mop up any sign of danger.

Sellick had a long-range effort hit the crossbar with the keeper well beaten, before she finally grabbed a deserved second on 37 minutes after excellent link play with strike partner Stucki.

Straight from the restart Wildcats skipper Charlotte Ayers pressurised the Wincanton defence and latched on to a stray pass, finishing with aplomb to make it 3-0 at half-time.

The second half was played mostly in the Wincanton half of the pitch, but Wildcats were unable to extend their lead. Their best efforts came from Hartley, who saw a powerful drive well saved by the keeper at the near post, while Sellick again hit the bar. Wildcats had to dig deep when they had a player sin-binned, but Wincanton never really threatened their goal.

A difficult decision for player of the match with several players excelling, but the award went to Tenika Goss.

Wildcats are midway through their debut season in the Somerset County Women’s league with only one defeat, scoring 15 goals and conceding just four, including four clean sheets. Current top scorer is Sellick with six goals.

They now have four consecutive home matches starting with Sydenham Ladies next week when they will be looking to avenge their only reverse of the season so far. Kick-off is 2pm at the Playing Field and, as always, support will be very welcome.

Team: Bianca Hamlyn, Bryony Sellick, Naomi Southcott, Tenika Goss, Grace Winter, Georgia Purdy, Charlotte Ayers (cpt), Emily Ayers, Ella Hartley, Heidi Stucki, Ebony Sellick. Subs: Teagan Burrow, Amber Finucane-Fenn, Ringla Tance, Danielle Bond and Sheldon Hancock (all used).