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HOCKEY: Seasiders end pre-season in style
6:00am Saturday 28th September 2013 in Sport
WEYMOUTH LADIES 3 SWANAGE LADIES 1
IN THE final friendly match before the league starts today, Weymouth put in a strong performance against Swanage Ladies.
The hosts applied the pressure continually for the first 25 minutes, having numerous shots on goal but could not find a breakthrough after some excellent Swanage goalkeeping.
Eventually, Weymouth broke the deadlock through Caitlin Dive and followed it shortly by another one, with an excellent chip from captain Emily Austin.
Weymouth then lost concentration in the middle, which allowed Swan-age to storm down the centre and score a breakaway goal.
However, the Seasiders recovered and Casey Foot deflected another ball into the net.
Weymouth’s final chance came when a penalty stroke was awarded but Susie Stone, pictured, failed to convert this opportunity to leave the final score 3-1.
Weymouth start their West Clubs Women’s League East Division campaign today against Bournemouth Seconds (11am).
WEYMOUTH LADIES II 2 SWANAGE 11 1
WEYMOUTH got off to an exceptional start in their first friendly against Swanage.
A new formation saw Chloe Carter-Miles, Anna Den-cher and Liefy Hendrikz starting up front, Gina Huntley, Claire Horn, Annie Canaven and Dervla Ireland filling the midfield and Claire Harding, Gill Ogg, Alex Hearn and Carolyn Schofield in defence.
Lottie Crane also made her debut between the sticks, but was left with little to do with the rest of the team making an excellent job further up the pitch.
The first half saw more than 80 per cent Weymouth possession, though the three strikers were finding it difficult to turn possession into goals.
However, Carter-Miles notched the first goal after an excellent pass in from Dencher, which saw Weymouth lead 1-0 at half-time.
A quick change of keepers at the interval saw Schofield take up the gloves, with Crane moving to right-back.
The second half saw a more attacking start from Swanage.
Close marking from Weymouth put the visitors under pressure, although unfortunately the ball sneaked past Schofield’s right foot, to level the scores.
Several breaks saw Weymouth again have several attempts at goal, with a second goal from Carter-Miles coming at a crucial time.