Taw Valley Ladies battle their way to deserved draws

North Devon Gazette

After the Christmas break, Taw Valley Ladies came out with determination for the second half of the season and both teams held top of the league opponents to a draw.Â

The first team ladies had a brilliant 2-2 draw away against Bridgwater. The home team quickly put Taw under pressure and were rewarded with an early goal but Taw were speedy up the pitch and responded soon after with a fantastic shot from Jenna Stimpson on the leftÂ

Bridgwater took the lead again to make it 2-1 at half time but in the second half, Taw continued to put pressure on the opposition and Kerry Thorne scored the second goal after finding herself one-on-one with the ‘keeper. Â

A solid defence and some amazing saves from Bridget Smith in goal helped Taw to keep the opposition at bay and some exciting attacking play gave Taw hope for a winning goal. However, time was against them and they had to settle for an impressive draw against the top of the league side. Player of the match was Rosie Barrett.Â

Taw Valley 2nds also achieved a much-deserved draw against a strong Isca side at home. Having previously lost 9-0 in their first outing back in September, Taw started with a very determined approach and held off a skilful young side for the first half. Â

Player of the match, goalie Amanda Parsons, dealt with an onslaught of shots, ably supported by Ellie Hird, Rhianne Friend and Dawn de Bere. Marilyn Blair and Kiera Connolly also applied themselves well in defence to help keep a clean sheet in the first half. Â

Midfield players Kirsty-Anne Attwood, Keeley Hathway, Kathryn Mitchell and captain Sally Poll showed skill with accurate passing out of defence and up to attack where Poll hassled well to win a crucial penalty corner converted by Attwood. Half time saw Taw 1-0 up and full of confidence for the second half. Â

Helena Standen persevered tirelessly on the wing, creating more chances, although Taw were unable to convert. Isca came back with a lot of pressure and managed to earn a draw with one of their penalty corners.Â