West Clubs Women’s League
Sedgemoor Division 1
Burnham-on-Sea 0, Yeovil & Sherborne 2nds 1

AFTER the euphoria of the previous week’s 4-4 draw with Mid Somerset, Burnham ladies couldn’t quite match those heights on Saturday against an organised Yeovil & Sherborne side.

The Blues were always in the game and with a bit more conviction could have nicked an equaliser, but it was largely due to their goalkeeper Sian Kelly that it was so close.

She was phenomenal throughout, keeping the visitors out with several stunning saves.

It took the hosts a while to get going, and they seemed to be lacking a bit of energy and pace all over the pitch.

Caroline Hunt and Amy Edmundson combined well, though, and a couple of half chances came and went before Yeovil went ahead.

Burnham were then awarded a penalty flick after Hattie Lambourne’s shot hit a post and Sarah Johnson’s rebound was stopped on the goal-line by a defenders foot.

But Johnson put her flick wide and the visitors were let off the hook.

The impressive Jemima Johnson then ran half the length of the pitch to go one-on-one with the keeper, who made a good save.

With the score only at 1-0, Burnham always had a chance and they started the second half really brightly.

Ali Evely looked lively down the left as she and Johnson began to combine well and cause problems for Yeovil’s defence.

Charlotte Rogers also began to get some joy down the right, linking well with Louise Peace to create several chances for Edmundson and Lambourne.

In defence, Tracey Dunn and Emma Ballard looked strong and composed, supporting the fabulous Kelly, who continued to deny the away side with some excellent diving saves.

She used her glove well, flicking one over the bar and one around the post at full stretch, before sliding out bravely to block another shot.

On the second occasion the ball did get past her, Ballard was on the goal-line to make a superb clearance.

With Yeovil becoming frustrated by their inability to add to their lead, Burnham threw everything at them in search of an equaliser.

Edmundson and Dunn had shots from penalty corners saved and Jemima Johnson just failed to connect with a cross from Lambourne, but they could not repeat the late heroics of the previous weekend.

Player of the match: Sian Kelly

Burnham now have a two-week break from league action, with friendly matches to be confirmed.

The next match for the Blues, who are seventh in the league table, is away to Winscombe 2nds on Saturday, February 24 (10am).