Larkhall Athletic 0-2 Bridgwater United

BRIDGWATER United Women picked up their first silverware as a side last night (Friday March 25) as they beat Larkhall Athletic 0-2 in the Somerset FA County Cup Final.

It was a match dominated by Bridgwater in all aspects, and deservedly so they were crowned champions.

Right from kick off the Robins were on the front foot and an early chances for Ellie Strippel and Jenna Markham set the tempo for the rest of the game.

In the tenth minute Bridgwater opened the scoring when Strippel beat two defenders to cut back to Nicky Potts at the back post who finished into an open goal.

From there it looked like the floodgates might open but credit to Larkhall they defended well to keep the score low.

Charlotte Buxton went on one of her trademark runs and crossed in to Markham who narrowly missed the target in the 15th minute.

Soon after Strippel saw a shot go just over the crossbar as the chances for Bridgwater kept coming thick and fast.

At the break the score remained 0-1 to Bridgwater but they would have been disappointed with that as they truly had dominated the opening 45 minutes.

Bridgwater Mercury: The coaching team and and some of the backroom staff at Bridgwater UnitedThe coaching team and and some of the backroom staff at Bridgwater United

Ten minutes into the second period United had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside; Amy Goddard sent a free kick from around 35 yards out goalbound which was saved from the keeper but Markham headed home the rebound, she was deemed offside.

Then in the 61st minute it was 0-2 to Bridgwater after captain Leah Burridge headed the ball forward to Markham who dribbled past two defenders and blasted the ball in the bottom left corner.

Chances kept coming as Larkhall were pushed deeper into defence but again credit to them, they maintained a strong defensive line for most of the match and kept the score at two.

Bridgwater United Women lifted the cup and celebrated in a champagne shower in front of their faithful fans at the end of the match as they were crowned champions.

This season has been one full of positives for this side; a strong showing in the FA Women's National League, a remarkable FA Cup run in which they hosted Manchester United and now some silverware.

Well done to all the players and coaches involved with the set up at Bridgwater.