Taw Valley bounced back strongly from their first defeat of the season with a 2-0 win at Redland UWE.
A week after what they felt was an unfortunate home defeat to Clifton III, Taw found their feet on the unfamiliar bouncy water-based pitch at Redland.
The players linked up well and dominated throughout. While Redland made some good breaks, it was Taw who had the bulk of the possession and strong runs and several penalty corners kept the pressure on.
The first goal came after about 30 minutes when Charlotte Bauchamp sent in a powerful cross from the right wing and Helen Thomas made a run to the far post to put the ball past the keeper.
Play was evenly matched until halfway through the second half when a strike from Jo Yeaxlee-Batch deflected off a defender into the goal. Redland UWE fought to the end but were unable to break through the Taw Valley defensive line.
Ultimately, close teamwork and communication gave Taw their second win in the West Clubs Women’s League Central Division, with Sarah Thomas named player of the match at right back.
Exeter and Culm Vale Hornets showed their skills at penalty corners to beat Taw Valley II 6-0 in Sedgemoor Division One.
The Hornets were relegated from a higher division last season and Taw had been promoted, so the North Devon side knew they had to be on the ball from the start.
Some superb goalkeeping by player of the match Bridget Hardy ensured it was only 1-0 at half time before Hornets’ set-piece skills took over.
Kirstie Atwood kept a calm head at the back for Taw, while Ellen Critchard and Caroline Webber were strong markers.