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Everton 0 Yeovil Town 1 (Bleazard 49)
A bizarre second half goal consigned Everton to a 1-0 defeat against Yeovil Town at the Select Security Stadium on Saturday evening.
The only goal of the game came shortly after half time when Helen Bleazard's corner curled in at the near post. In a game of few chances, it was enough to give the visitors all three points.
Everton had started the game brightly, with wingers Lucy Whipp and Emily Hollinshead causing problems on either flank. Just before the quarter hour mark, Hollinshead outmuscled her marker and showed a superb turn of pace but her curling shot floated inches wide from distance after a mazy, driving run.
The first chance of note fell to the visitors when Corinne Yorston latched onto a through ball from Steph Williams and forced a fine low save from Everton keeper Megan Walsh.
Everton pushed on late in the first half with Whipp again in amongst the action as she showed blistering pace to beat Yeovil full back Ellie Isaac before firing just wide. The pressure from the Blue Girls continued as Hollinshead blasted narrowly over following a scramble in the Yeovil penalty area.
However, Yeovil, against the run of play, almost got themselves in front just before the break. Ann Marie Heatherson drove into the Everton area but was denied by a fantastic covering blocked from Gabby George to remove the danger.
Whipp, a constant thorn in Yeovil's side, continued to threaten after the restart and another tricky run resulted in an Everton penalty appeal for handball but the cries for a spot kick fell on deaf ears.
Yeovil took the lead five minutes after half time in bizarre circumstances when Helen Bleazard curled a corner directly into the Blue Girls' goal.
Everton almost got back into the match straight away but Simone Magill's goalbound shot was well blocked by Glovers defender Nicola Cousins. Little chances fell in the middle period of the second half as the game descended into a battle of the midfield.
The hosts pushed late on, with skipper Michelle Hinnigan stinging the hands of Yeovil goalkeeper Charlotte Haynes, but they could not find the equaliser.
Everton: Megan Walsh, Vicky Jones, Gabby George, Lindsay Johnson, Dan Turner, Michelle Hinnigan, Millie Turner (sub Megan Finnigan 76mins), Emily Hollinshead, Kelly Jones (sub Channy Boye-Hlorkah 57mins), Lucy Whipp, Simone Magill. Subs not used: Kirstie Levell, Paige Williams, Ellie Stewart, Claudia Walker, Lauren Davies.
Yeovil Town: Charlotte Haynes, Ellie Issac, Ebony Dover (sub Alys Hinchcliffe 59mins), Natalie Haigh, Nicola Cousins, Paige Stewart (sub Amy Wathan 90mins), Steph Williams, Helen Bleazard, Ellie Curson (sub Stacey Pearson 90mins), Corinne Yorston, Ann Marie Heatherson. Subs not used: Nicola Lipscombe, Shauna Cossens, Jordan Guard, Natasha Knapman.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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