Exe II bag superb victory over Swindon

PUBLISHED: 08:59 15 December 2011

Sidmouth ladies first team at home to Penzance. Photo by Terry Ife ref shsp 4147-48-11TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Sidmouth ladies first team at home to Penzance. Photo by Terry Ife ref shsp 4147-48-11TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Exe II looked to end the first half of their league season on a high - and they did just that!

Exe II 4 – 0 Swindon

Exe were keen to enter the mid-season break on a high and a win would see them climb up the league table.

From the start the home side dominated both possession and territory, with excellent interchanges of play as they took the game to Swindon.

They had composure on the ball and yet played the game at a pace that took the visitors by surprise; it was then a case of whether they could manage to break the deadlock.

On 18minutes, Player of the Match, Laura Allen, took a quick free hit and passed the ball to Bridget Culver who opened her account for the season with a shot that was too hard for the ‘keeper to handle.

This helped to settle Exe and they continued to press. Soon after, they were awarded their first penalty corner and although the initial shot was saved Molly Coleman was able to follow-up to continue her excellent scoring form.

Swindon had little response and even though there was a slight rally at the start of the second half the Exe defence rarely looked troubled.

Despite continued pressure Exe were unable to convert their chances until 15 minutes from time. An excellent passage of play lead to Hannah Gibbon finally slotting home from close range and five minutes later a second penalty corner was awarded.

When it was delivered Kelly Greenstreet was given three chances to score and eventually she coolly flicked the ball into the roof of the net.

The result was nothing less than the performance deserved and, due to this, and other results, saw the Exeter club rise to fifth place in the table.

To fully appreciate this report it is useful to know the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ by Clement Clarke Moore...

Twas two weeks before Christmas and all through the club;

No 1s or 3s were stirring; they were off down the pub.

So the twos had their team talk and Ali said ‘score’.

We asked her how many; she said “I want four!”

The children were nestled, the oldies there too.

There’s Olive on the sideline, she’s cheering – “woohoo”.

We had our supporters, we were ready to play

Just hoping and praying that the rain stayed away.

When the first whistle blew there arose such a clatter,

Exe sprang into action, surely something was the matter!!

We played with a purpose, composed, yet at pace.

Swindon really had no answer; we were right in their face.

Now Coleman! Now Allen! Now Blunty and Pearson!

On Greenstreet! On Dupain! On Dawson and Freeman!

There was Bray, Smith and Jones and of course baby Barrett,

And finally Gibbon (who does love a carrot?!)

The first goal was coming, they could sense from the pressure.

Allen to Culver – rifled home with great pleasure 

Penalty corner at last and the first shot was saved,

But Coleman was there yet again to be praised 

Two goals in the first half, but the job wasn’t done,

We needed some more to relax and have fun.

So up pops the Gibbon to slot home number three.

Then the fourth is dispatched, courtesy of Kelly!

It was a great effort and reward for the team

And at last a good balance of age to be seen.

Our thanks go to Ange who has helped with the subs

And our thoughts turned to evenings and trips to the pubs.

We sprang to our cars at the games’ final whistle

And away we all flew like the down of a thistle.

But we all did exclaim as we drove out of sight:

“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good ... luck in the second half of the season!!!!”

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