South West women’s premier



CALLINGTON Town FC ladies travelled to Taunton to face a strong Bishop’s Lydeard outfit on a 3G surface.

The visitors made a bright start and played some flowing football on the artificial surface. After just three minutes, Becca King was forced to spill a venomous free-kick from Sam Veal, but the keeper recovered well to smother the ball at the second attempt.

A minute later a break-away attack resulted in a Lydeard corner, which was powerfully headed home from a yard out. Callington responded well with Gabi Alphous testing the keeper. At the other end, a looping header came back off Callington’s cross-bar before being cleared. Holly Miller also saw a low shot go wide of the target from 20 yards.

Midway through the half, Callington had a deserved equaliser. Emily Warne and Gabi Alphous linked up well before the latter played in Keri-Ann Moxom who made no mistake with a one on one finish.

However, the joy was fairly short-lived, as once again, Callington failed to defend well from another corner and the ball ended up in the net following a tidy finish on the edge of the area.

The second half did not start so well for the away side as Lydeard scored in the 50 minute when a deep corner was headed in a yard from goal at the back-post. 

With the clock running down, Alphous for the visitors, volleyed her side a life-line on 85 minutes. The striker’s 12th goal of the season enabled Callington to throw everything at Lydeard in the dying stages but the home defenders were defending bravely from waves of attack. Grace O’Leary thought she had an equaliser with seconds remaining but her outstanding strike from 25 yards cannoned off the post.