Somerset County Women’s League: Wellington Ladies 0, Bridport Ladies 5  

Our Ladies hosted Bridport Ladies at home yesterday (Sunday, November 12th) and were looking to improve on the last time these two teams met.

The game was preceded by a minute silence to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.

Unfortunately, Wellington conceded a quick goal in the first few minutes, after a lapse in concentration.

Ten minutes later, another went into Wellington’s net but they didn’t let this deter them and they continued to try to push forward.

In the first half, there were multiple chances for Steph Kay and Tash Hole upfront, but the conditions were tricky. It was like taking the childhood game “stuck in the mud” to a new level.

Tash had a great opportunity but was fouled by a Bridport defender, who was not cautioned for a dangerous looking challenge. Tash was taken to hospital where she was found to have sustained a broken leg.

Wellington were very unlucky to concede another goal, going into the break undeservedly 3-0 down.

Shortly after the second half started, another goal found its way into the back of their net.

With the mud and hill at Wellington’s home ground being as it was, it was incredibly difficult for players to stop when chasing the ball.

Nyima Touray found this out to her detriment as when chasing the ball down in the penalty box, collided with another player and, despite there being no malicious intent, she was red carded with a penalty awarded to Bridport. Morgen Tuckett made a cracking dive to save the penalty, but sadly it wasn’t enough.  

An amazing performance by the ten-player team ensured that, even with 30 minutes still to go, the Ladies did not concede further.

A special mention to Charlotte Holder and Kelly Dinning – Charlotte was tireless chasing the ball down and making essential tackles, while Kelly’s cracking kicks cleared the ball away from the danger zone.

Morgen stood her ground in goal and made some important saves, especially two in quick succession with her feet. Debutant Leah Bradbeer also had a good match and fitted well into the team.

A really good performance from Wellington, considering the conditions and questionable decisions made on the pitch.

The Ladies are back in action, away to Pen Mill, on Sunday.