Knowing that their opposition were not able to put out a full squad for this match perhaps lulled Mendip into a false sense of security before the off. It was the visitors who applied the early pressure and much to Mendip’s surprise, opened the scoring. This was the wake-up call the home team needed as they then started to play with more urgency.
Following a great attacking move centre forward Carol Holmes connected with a cross into the D to unleash an unstoppable shot. Holmes later turned provider to enable midfielder Karen Inns to score twice more, both shots from close range at short corner routines.
Clevedon managed to half the deficit between the teams and found the back of the net once more during the 1st half despite determined defensive work by right back Jess Baird.
Mendip wanted to make better account of themselves during the 2nd half and certainly the goals came more freely. Both wing players increased the home team’s lead. Emily Browning from a short corner routine perfectly positioned to strike in at the post and Maddie Collins solo effort dribbling the ball into the D to then skilfully reverse stick sweep the ball past the keeper. Mendip forward, Connie Glover also added her name to the score sheet when following sustained pressure in the D she was on hand to finish with clinical precision.
The visitors managed to score again during the 2nd half and although being behind continued to play out the match in a positive manner. Good umpiring decisions throughout the match and allowing advantage enabled the game to flow and Mendip’s last goal came from one such situation. Despite a foul, advantage was played and Karen Inns was the first to react to aloose ball in the D to bury her shot giving her a hat trick and then later being voted player of the match.
Many thanks to Andy Flint and Oliver Rice for umpiring and next week Mendip travel to play Knowle.