West Clubs Women’s League Sedgemoor Division 1

Taunton Vale 3rds 7, Burnham-on-Sea 0

BURNHAM-ON-SEA Ladies were well beaten by second-placed Taunton Vale 3rds on Saturday, as their quest for a first win goes on.

As has become the norm this season, the Blues more than matched their opponents in the first half, restricting them to only a two-goal lead at half time, but then ran out of steam in the second period.

With no subs and players missing, this was always going to be a tough ask but Burnham could have been level had they taken a couple of their rare chances.

Amy Edmundson worked hard up front on her own, supported at times by youngsters Macy and Olivia Hunt, so had little to feed on.

She created a chance for herself, though, before Caroline Hunt went close from a penalty corner.

The midfield of Ali Evely, Carly Bush, Hunt and Louise Peace was combative and energetic, and helped keep Taunton at bay for long periods in the first half, as they valiantly supported the defence as well as surging forward.

As the hosts increased the pressure in the second half, though, Burnham were unable to sustain this.

They could not keep the ball long enough to move up the pitch and so it just kept coming back at them.

The rearguard of Chelsea Fisher, Sarah Johnson and goalkeeper Nicki Glanville were superb, excellently marshalled by Tracey Dunn, and could not have done any more.

They stuck together as a unit and never gave up despite conceding.

Hunt and Bush blocked a lot of through balls as they selflessly broke up play in front of the defence, and when it did get through Glanville was on top form to make vital saves, without doubt keeping the scoreline down.

Player of the match: Tracey Dunn

This coming Saturday, Burnham host Yeovil (10am) in their last match before Christmas.