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

BURNHAM Ladies started their league campaign with a disappointing loss in Cullompton, but they can be pleased with their performance, particularly in the first half.

They really should have been 3-0 up by half time with the chances they had, as they took the game to their hosts.

Some of their passing was impressive and they looked confident, despite a tough pre-season, and linked well.

Macy Lucas, nervous in starting her first game for the seniors, grew into the game and looked stronger and more confident as it went on, combining well with the tireless Ali Evely behind her.

Amy Edmundson, Caroline Hunt and Kerry Harvey all saw efforts saved as the home goalkeeper went onto have a storming game.

Sarah Johnson also went close following a penalty corner routine, but just couldn’t sort her feet out in time.

But a small mistake and a breakaway goal against the run of play meant the Blues were 2-0 down at half time.

After conceding no penalty corners in the first half, Burnham then gave away several in a row during the second, but defended them all brilliantly – Chelsea Fisher and Emma Ballard blocking everything.

Tracey Dunn flicked another goal-bound attempt over the bar, while keeper Sian Kelly came to Burnham’s rescue on more than one occasion.

Just as it looked like the Blues were getting back into the game, ECVH scored again.

Burnham responded positively, though, and finally got the goal they deserved – but just too late to build upon it.

Strong work down the right from Carly Bush and Harvey forced a penalty corner, and after Edmundson’s cracking strike was saved, Harvey pulled it back for Bush to slap goalwards.

Her shot was also saved, but in the scramble that followed Johnson seized on the loose ball and made no mistake smashing it in.

Players of the match: Chelsea Fisher and Tracey Dunn

Burnham’s next match is at home to Chard this Saturday at 10am at King Alfred Sports Centre; training continues on Mondays from 7-9pm.