Somerset Hockey Cup
Bridgwater 3, Weston-super-Mare 2

BRIDGWATER Ladies ensured they would head into Christmas full of cheer, after defeating Weston-super-Mare in their Somerset Cup match.

The game was well contested and very tight, with both teams creating chances, but both defences held firm in the early exchanges.

Following a breakaway, it was forward Sapphy Reed-Yang who took the initiative and went on an unchallenged drive into the D, burying a strike into the net to put Bridgwater ahead.

Weston, however, kept their strong start going and were level soon after, when a solid strike from a short corner was deflected in.

With the game ebbing and flowing and some good hockey on show from both sides, Reed-Yang scored her second as she sped away from the defensive back line and slotted in a diving strike, guided home into the bottom corner, giving Bridgwater the lead at half time.

The second half started in Weston’s favour as they dominated the early passages of play; but for two goal-line saves from Julie Morrish, they may have equalised quickly.

They did eventually find a deserved equalising goal, 15 minutes into the half.

The second half carried on in a similar manner and the Bridgwater midfield was tirelessly pushing forward to assist the attack, and tracking back when needed to defend.

The defence held strong, keeping the side in the game and, with only five minutes to go, Bridgwater secured a short corner.

After a goalward strike from Laura Coles, it was captain Lucy Burridge’s deft deflection that found the net and gave Bridgwater the 3-2 victory.

The side were made to work hard for their result and put on a great team performance; player of the match went to Sapphy Reed-Yang for her two first-half goals.

The team wishes to thank all those who made the trek out on their Sunday afternoon, cheering the side on; the support was much appreciated.