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FOOTBALL: Weymouth Ladies earn a precious point
5:00am Saturday 12th October 2013 in Sport
WEYMOUTH LADIES 1
STOKE LANE ATHLETIC 1
DESPITE having a squad hit by injury and sickness, Weymouth Ladies gave one of their best performances of the season at Wey-mouth College when they secured a precious South West League Premier Division point.
The visitors came into the game on the back of a 5-0 vic- tory against Cleeve West Town in their last game and the open-ing exchanges were very even with both defences firmly on top.
The Weymouth back three of Molly Hyde, Elle Saunders and Zoe Acutt were excellent and provided a strong platform from which to work.
Weymouth lost Hyde early on with a recurrence of her ankle injury and she was replaced by Sharni Butcher, who had an exceptional game.
The home side had limited chances with the best ones falling to Jody Urwin and Alice Boyne-Manchee, while at the other end, goalkeeper Beth Smith made a couple of outstanding saves as the teams reached the interval deadlocked.
After 15 minutes, it was Stoke Lane who took the lead when a long ball forward eluded Saunders and Acutt and Smith was well beaten from the edge of the penalty area.
This forced Weymouth to change their formation to an attacking 3-4-3 and saw Ella Walmsley pushed forward to support Emma Acott and Claudia Guida in attack.
The move soon paid dividends as Guida wriggled free and found Acott who lobbed the ball over the helpless Stoke Lane keeper to give Weymouth a well-deserved equaliser.
Both sides could have secured a winner in the remaining 20 minutes as the action swung from end to end but neither team could press home their advantage and a draw was probably a fair result.
Tomorrow, the Cafe Oasis-sponsored ladies are at home again when they play Bridgwater Town at Weymouth College with a 2pm kick-off.
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