HOCKEY: Seasiders storm up to second after Salisbury show

FORWARD: Chloe Carter-Miles

FORWARD: Chloe Carter-Miles

First published in Sport

SALISBURY V 0

WEYMOUTH LADIES II 2

WEYMOUTH moved up to second in Channel Division Two with a solid away win in Salisbury.

With a strong team consisting of forwards Jo Brazier, Chloe Carter-Miles and skipper Liefy Hendrikz, the Seasiders maintained their winning form in comfort with debutant Caitlin Dive providing a clean sheet between the posts.

From the outset, Weymouth pressed hard and maintained large quantities of possession with midfielders Annabel Can-aven, Dervla Ireland and Luce Byrne switching the play from side to side.

Many of the Seasiders’ initial attempts on goal were blocked successfully by the home side’s goalkeeper before Carter-Miles eventually broke the deadlock, converting a cross from Brazier after an excellent drive from Canaven and Bernie John.

Weymouth then followed this up by winning a penalty corner and scoring a second from close range, following some mistakes by the Salisbury defence.

There were many more shots on goal in the first half but the hosts defended them successfully and prevented any runs from the right-hand side.

John looked to increase the score, with a brilliant cross into the D, but the Weymouth forwards failed to convert it.

At the other end, Salisbury had few chances due to the outstanding work carried out by Lottie Crane, Lauren Mullett, Gill Ogg and Gina Huntley. They managed just three attempts, which were all excellently saved by Dive.

Weymouth went on to see the game out, although their eff- orts to increase the goal difference fell short in a much slower second half, which brought very few chances.

The Seasiders will now hope to build on this performance when they host table-toppers Salisbury Fourths on March 8.

Player of the Match: Annabel Canaven Channel Division Two: Salisbury IV 3 Yeovil and Sherborne IV 1, Salisbury V 0 Weymouth II 2.

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