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FOOTBALL: Weymouth fall short as Robins swoop
WEYMOUTH LADIES 2
CHELTENHAM TOWN LADIES 3
WEYMOUTH came up just short in a thrilling first home clash at Weymouth College in the South West League Premier Division.
With the club’s emphasis being on the development of young players this season, the home side were always going to find it tough against Cheltenham Town, who are considered by many as one of the favourites to take the title.
Playing against strong wind and driving rain in the first half, Weymouth more than matched the visitors and passed the ball exceptionally well.
With the back three of Ella Walmsley, Elle Saunders and new signing Molly Hyde in tremendous form, Cheltenham found the hosts difficult to break down, but they still managed to take the lead when keeper Beth Smith was beaten by a wind-assisted lob following her own goal-kick.
Unfazed, Weymouth immediately shrugged that setback off and deservedly levelled just before the break when 16-year-old Ellie Howard scored her first senior goal with a tremendous strike from the edge of the box.
Unfortunately for the hosts, the conditions died down after the interval and they were soon behind again when the Robins netted a second despite the suspicion of a handball and an offside in the build up.
A third then flew in before Weymouth grabbed a lifeline in the form of a penalty with five minutes to go, with Emma Acott scoring on the rebound after Bryony Webb’s initial effort had been saved.
The home side then pushed for a late equaliser but unfortunately it wasn’t to be as Cheltenham held on.
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