Somerset County Women’s League:  Wellington Ladies 2, Bishops Lydeard Ladies Reserves 1

Our Ladies made a return to home soil for the first time in 2023 to host Bishops Lydeard Ladies Reserves in a highly contested league fixture.

With debuts for forward Sara Yeatman, midfielder Chantelle Tremeer and defender Charlie Anne Briggs, Wellington went into the game hoping the new recruits could spark some fortune into a side struggling for form.

A slow start from the home side gave Bishops Lydeard a couple of early opportunities but excellent teamwork from the hosts prevented anything materialising in the early stages.

As Wellington settled into the game they started to create a couple of their own chances with Ash Grabham-White and Sara Yeatman both unfortunate with their initial efforts.

Keeper Hannah Worth kept the score level with an excellent save from a well-placed effort from the Lydeard forward.

After a couple of changes at half-time, Wellington were able to carry on their momentum from the first half and created multiple chances through Ash and Sara.

A rare attack from Lydeard drew a foul at the edge of Wellington’s 18-yard-box, and the visitors made the most of the attempt with a stunning top corner strike.

With Wellington behind, they began to pick up the pace. Ash was able to find a perfect pass through to Sara who slotted home an equaliser, scoring on her debut for the club.

Lydeard’s energy began to sap after Wellington’s equaliser, and that gave the Tangerines everything they needed as Jess Kerslake poked through a well weighted ball to Ash who followed it up with a great looping strike to make the score 2-1.

As the match carried on into added time, Wellington held Lydeard and saw the game out to grab their first three points of the year.

Wellington will be proud to get a well-deserved victory against tough opponents and, next up is a trip to Bath City Ladies for their last away game of the season on March 5th.

Player-of-the-match: Maisie Waygood.

BELOW: Ash Grabham-White, who scored the winning goal.