We welcomed new signings Nikki
Caunce and Leanne Robbins into the squad for today's game. Fellow new signing,
Caragh O'Brien, was unavailable for selection. Megan Strong and Becky
Carruthers were back in the side after injury.
Starting XI - Gosling, Allen, Farrell (C), Carruthers, Strong, Caunce, Dymond,
Dickson, Anderson, Swaine & Evans. Sub - Robbins
After the slow start in the
previous game, that saw Torquay 4-0 down after just 20 minutes, the ladies
had been reminded about being focused from the first whistle. The game started
relatively quietly, with neither side taking control during the first 20
minutes and both defences standing firm.
The deadlock was broken after around
25 minutes, when a lack of communication in the home side's defence led to a
long shot, that was probably intended as a cross, looping over Gosling and
into the net, 0-1. This blow for Torquay gave the away side a sense of
confidence, and they began to create chances. With around 35 minutes gone,
Ilminster doubled their lead, as a tame ball into the box wasn't cleared
by the Torquay defence, which left their striker free to poke home, 0-2.
Half time , Torquay 0-2 Ilminster.
The second half saw Torquay come
out the dressing room with a greater purpose and sense of urgency. They were
playing with greater quality and looked dangerous when reaching the final
third. This effort was rewarded after around an hour, when a ball into the
Ilminster area was handled, penalty to Torquay. Up stepped Dymond who
confidently dispatched the spot kick, 1-2. The home side were now brimming with
confidence and pushing forward, searching for an equaliser. Unfortunately, with
around ten minutes left, the wind was taken out of Torquay's sails, with
the awarding of a penalty to Ilminster. The penalty was scored, 1-3 and this
was effectively game over.
Final Score - Torquay 1-3
Player of the match - today's
accolade is awarded to debutant Nikki Caunce. Nikki produced an excellent
performance in a deep-lying midfield role. She impressed with her range of
passing, organisational skills and constant, positive encouragement of her
After the game, manager Jamie McInnes commented: "We seem
to have an issue with our first half performances, and in general, produce
better displays after the interval. This is something that myself, Rich and the
ladies must try and correct.
"We have shown with our second half performance
today and against teams such as Callington and Keynsham Development in recent
weeks, that we can compete with some of the best sides in the league when at
our best. Our challenge is to produce this performance from the get-go. In
general, I'm pleased with the application and effort from the ladies today. We
were missing a few players, so to push Ilminster all the way is pleasing to an
extent. I have to say, I was incredibly disappointed with the awarding of the
opposition's penalty towards the end of the game. There was only one person in
the entire ground today who thought that was a spot kick and it completely
drained our players of confidence, as we were pushing hard for the equaliser at
that stage. We now have 4 weeks until our next game, a tough home tie against