West Clubs Women’s League
Sedgemoor 1
Burnham-on-Sea 3, ECVH 0

BURNHAM finished their season on a high note with a deserved win.

Fielding almost a full squad, they took the game to their visitors and played some impressive hockey.

In an evenly-contested and physical match, Burnham showed their strength and resilience as they withstood sustained pressure.

Sian Kelly was in tremendous form, making two full-length saves early on to divert the ball just past the post, while Emma Ballard, Tracey Dunn and Imogen Wright were superb in defence - blocking and intercepting everything and showing great calmness and composure in the D.

Jem Johnson had a super game showing just how much improvement she has made over the season, combining well with Charlotte Rogers and Amy Edmundson in attack but never afraid to get back and help out her defence, too.

It was Edmundson, inevitably, who opened the scoring with a fabulous reverse strike after great work by Louise Peace.

Both sides then had a goal disallowed before Burnham doubled their lead.

This time, Edmundson turned provider as she dragged her marker out wide and drilled in a cross that was expertly touched in by Johnson, who deserved the goal.

Injuries to Hattie Lambourne and Dunn could have disrupted the Blues, but the versatile Caroline Hunt more than made up for it as she slotted into positions all over the pitch until they were up to full strength again.

In the second half, Kelly was alert and commanding as she repelled pretty much everything ECVH threw at her with some fantastic shot stopping saves.

Ballard took one for the team as the visitors shot at every opportunity and Dunn was equally as impressive in helping to keep a clean sheet.

Lauren Cooke created Burnham’s third goal with a great first touch as she switched inside into the D and laid the ball off for Edmundson to get her second.

Ellie Bishop looked sharp up front and linked well with Rogers as she looked to get on the scoresheet and Sarah Johnson went close on occasions, but the Blues found the away goalkeeper also in fine form.

Players of the match: Tracey Dunn & Jem Johnson.