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

BURNHAM’S rotten run of results continued on Saturday, but they came so close to getting another point on the board in a superb display with only 10 players.

From start to finish each player gave their everything, and with a little bit of luck could have had a well-earned draw.

Despite conceding the first goal the Blues never let their heads go down, but played tight, compact hockey, supporting each other and showing great energy which frustrated their opponents for long periods.

Sarah Johnson and Ali Evely were magnificent in defence, and goalkeeper Nicki Glanville showed great agility and bravery.

The midfield of Ellie Bishop, Carly Bush, Caroline Hunt and Louise Peace worked so hard, and it was Bishop’s quick thinking that set up the equaliser.

She won the ball in the middle of the pitch and sent a glorious pass through to Amy Edmundson, free in the D, who scored with a stunning reverse shot.

Burnham were seconds away from going into half time level, but a mix-up in defence allowed Mid Somerset to sneak ahead.

The second half was well balanced, and Hunt was involved in all of the Blues’ best work, seeing a strike from a penalty corner saved as Burnham desperately searched for another goal.

Edmundson flashed a shot across the goal whilst Bush saw her shot saved as Burnham cranked up the pressure.

Kerry Harvey was showing great skill down the right as she created chances for Edmundson and Bishop that went begging.

Burnham showed great strength and resistance, especially at penalty corners, which they successfully defended, and Johnson made several lung-busting recovery interceptions as they were caught pushing up for an equaliser.

Ultimately they conceded again as Mid Somerset hit them on the counter, but they refused to lie down and still could have scored towards the end as both Edmundson and Harvey went close.

Player of the match: Caroline Hunt

This Saturday, Burnham are away to Taunton Vale 3rds (10am start).

Training continues at King Alfred Sports Centre on Mondays, 7-9pm.