On a gorgeous, summery feeling, September day, the Ladies 1st XI looked to get a great start to their Premier 2B campaign for the 2017-18 season.  With a small change in the squad from last season the ladies have had a couple of good pre-season games to get them going and today was to be no different.  They came out of the blocks right from the first whistle and Shepton Mallet did everything they could to defend hard and stop Yeovil& Sherborne from scoring.  Sadie Watson was very unlucky not to get on the score sheet early on when her effort went over the Shepton Mallet goal keeper’s cross bar!  Y&S kept pressing and pressing, relentless in their pursuit of their first goal and then finally the deadlock was broken, deep into the first half. Saskia Vermeer twinkle toed her way along the base line to beat a number of players and then the goal keeper before tucking the ball home from close range to give Y&S the lead and that is how it stayed until the end of the first half.

After taking on some much welcomed drinks at half time, the Ladies came out for the second half with the same enthusiasm and vigour as they had in the first. This time they did not have to wait long to stretch their lead, some great work by Georgie Belt allowed Sadie Watson to first time connect and fire the ball into the left hand side of the goal, to put Y&S 2-0 up. Moments later Watson turned provider for Belt, when her effort was deflected from a defender it was Belt first to it and it rebounded back into the net.  Watson was then on the score sheet again as she combined with Belt to give Watson an odd angle to fire home with Y&S’s fourth before Vermeer calmly, from a short corner, flicked the ball over the outstretched keeper to put the game really beyond doubt and give Yeovil their fifth. To seal the victory, following some superb work by Sophie Cahill who drew everyone around her and slipped the ball neatly back to the penalty spot, Kate Baker flicked the ball home.

It was a phenomenal result and everyone in the team played their part. Special mention should go to Becky Frater who, although not massively challenged, kept her cool (in all her goalkeeping kit) and her composure, plus her concentration to deny Shepton Mallet in the latter part of the game as they ventured into the circle. Mention to should go to Wendy Butcher who was awarded Players’ Player by her team mates.   An emphatic win and they look forward to travelling down to Plymouth next week to play the University team.

Final Score – Yeovil 6 – Shepton Mallet 0

Scorers:

Sadie Watson 2

Saskia Vermeer 2

Georgie Belt 1

Kate Baker 1