HOCKEY: New approach pays off for Weymouth

Dorset Echo: CAPTAIN’S SHOW: Emily Austin, right CAPTAIN’S SHOW: Emily Austin, right

YEOVIL & SHERBORNE LADIES II 1

WEYMOUTH LADIES 4

WEYMOUTH’S ability to bounce back from defeat shone through with a handsome victory over the side at the foot of the West Clubs Women’s League East Division.

After losing to Swanage & Wareham, the squad sat down with coach Andy Stiles and decided a new approach was needed.

And their change of formation and strategy paid dividends straight from the start against Yeovil and Sherborne with Anneka Rogers and Casey Foot taking control of the midfield, spreading the ball wide, and using the width of the pitch.

Captain Emily Austin and Lynda Drewitt went close to breaking the deadlock but the home keeper pulled off some good saves.

All of the play was in Yeovil’s half but a misdirected pass gave the hosts the opportunity for a shot on goal, which was saved by Alice Craven.

However, the home side took the lead from the short corner with a deflected strike.

Undeterred, Weymouth pushed on and Caitlin Dive and Naomi Gadian created opportunities for Austin and Drewitt but they found the keeper in top form.

A foot in the D gave Weymouth a penalty corner and although the first shot was saved, the second from Rogers found the top corner to make it 1-1.

Weymouth continued to pile on the pressure and Rogers scored again when she pounced on the rebound from her own shot.

Yeovil had a few breakaway attacks in the second half but these were quickly closed down by Gadian, Jacqui Riddler, Sophie Foot and Olivia Culbreth.

There was a great chance for a third when Weymouth were awarded a penalty flick only for Drewitt to miss the target.

Excellent play from Drewitt and Austin then set-up the third goal as Dive had the simple task of tapping the ball in.

Austin finally got the goal her efforts deserved to round off a satisfying day at the office for the Seasiders.

Weymouth: Austin, Rogers, S Foot, Riddler, Dive, Culbreth, Drewitt, Gadian, Craven, Young, Blundell, C Foot, Carter-Miles.

Player of the match: Anneka Rogers WEYMOUTH LADIES II 2 YEOVIL & SHERBORNE LADIES IV 1 THE hosts stuttered to victory in what should have been an easy home win before the mid-season break.

Yeovil only had 10 players but fought to the last while Wey-mouth struggled to convert possession into goals.

They had started well, keeping play in the Yeovil half for long periods while the defence re-mained firm against any counter- attacks and debutant keeper Annabel Bartlett was left with little to do.

Weymouth made the breakthrough when Dervla Ireland found Anna Dencher and she scored with a neat flick.

A second was added before the interval when Jo Brazier found the back of the net and it could have been a lot more if not for the visiting keeper.

The second half saw the home side struggle to regain their pace and after several changes confusion led to Yeovil making it 2-1.

Weymouth continued to retain possession but, with shots not finding the target, it was a nervous last 10 minutes.

Player of the Match: Anna Dencher

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