Mendip’s league campaign got off to a cracking start on Saturday, with a superb win at Bristol University’s Coombe Dingle ground. Having moved sideways into a new division and facing unfamiliar opposition, the visitors could have been forgiven for being trepidatious, but there was no sign of nerves. Instead, Mendip took the game to their opponents from the first whistle.
The blend of youth and experience which has typified the team in recent years continued to work to good effect, with veteran Cherilyn Carey working well with Maddison Collins on the left side of defence, and Charlene Taylor linking with Jasmine Scott up front.
Scott opened the scoring early in the first half when she slotted home Sammy Chivers’ excellent cross. The lead was consolidated soon after, when Taylor capitalised on an error in the Bristol defence, and worked hard to create a goal-scoring opportunity.
The second half saw youngsters Katie Riches and Jess Smith running their socks off in midfield, despite the hot weather. Bristol managed the occasional attack, but the Mendip defence, marshalled by centre back Sarah Whittaker, held firm.
The result was put beyond doubt late on, when Mendip turned defence into attack, passing the ball the length of the field, before Taylor fired home her second.
Player of the match was Maddison Collins.
This Saturday, Mendip are at home to Taunton Vale (1.30pm).