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Ladies rise to fifth after defeating derby rivals

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

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Shepton Mallet 1st XI 0 Mendip Ladies 1st XI 3

Mendip Ladies bounced back from last week's disappointing result against Somerset Gryphons to beat local rivals Shepton Mallet and move up to fifth in the Central Division.

The central defensive pairing of April Callow and Meg Adams proved themselves more than capable of absorbing the early pressure from Shepton's forwards, while Charlotte Lucas and Demelza Clegg looked dangerous in attack.

Lucas opened the scoring after 20 minutes with a smart turn and fierce shot but Shepton immediately pressed for an equaliser, attacking with pace down the Mendip left and forcing keeper Carrie Tiley into an excellent one-on-one save.

Clegg doubled Mendip's advantage early in the second half when she was quickest to react to a loose ball in the Shepton D following a penalty corner and her improvised reverse-stick shot left the keeper stranded.

The result was put beyond doubt when Sammy Chivers made a great run from inside her own half and crossed for player of the match Vikki Sage to fire home.

On Saturday, Mendip host Old Bristolians (1.30pm).

Mendip Ladies 2nd XI 5 Frys 1st XI 2

Mendip Ladies 2nd XI continued their unbeaten run in Brunel Division 1 with victory over local rivals Frys.

After an even start, the visitors opened the scoring from a short corner but Mendip equalised in the same fashion as a well-worked routine allowed captain Jackie Browning to find the net.

Mendip were two goals to the good at half-time thanks to centre-forward Sharon Watts, who left the keeper stranded in the D to score her first and then connected well with a cross for her second.

Solid defensive work ensured Mendip remained in front, with three of the back-line sharing the player of the match award.

Goalkeeper Katie Selway made some great saves, while centre-backs Kate Foley and Liv Webster were strong in their tackles and distributed the ball well.

Watts completed her hat-trick early in the second half, keeping her cool to place the ball home after a goalmouth scramble. Left wing Hannah Brooks-Sculley supported the attack well and was unlucky not to score after taking up good positions.

Frys pulled one back from a short corner but Mendip completed the scoring when Carol Holmes fired home after a good move.

On Saturday, Mendip 2nd XI travel to Somerset Gryphons.

Team Bath Buccaneers 5th XI 1 Mendip Ladies 3rd XI 1

Mendip Ladies 3rd XI picked up their first point of the season after a thrilling contest at Team Bath Buccaneers.

Bath started as favourites and took the lead inside the first 20 minutes but Mendip responded positively, playing well as a team in both defence and attack.

Mendip began to dominate in the second half and found a way through the Bath defence to equalise via Olivia Shepherd's well-struck shot.

Either side could have scored a winner in a tense and end-to-end final quarter, with Mendip keeper Jess Gage making some vital saves. Player of the match was midfielder Fee Phimunchat.

On Saturday, Mendip 3rds host Cheddar 2nd XI, who sit two places above them.

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