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Following promotion from Somerset County Women's League, the season started with a run of four wins against established teams giving confidence for the upcoming season. This set up an unbeaten run of 15 games in the league, the only negative being knocked out of Somerset Cup by Pen Mill in November.
After the cup defeat, they travelled to Cheltenham Town to play their Development side and they were on the end of an impressive display, Portishead scoring ten without reply with Taylor Gainey scoring five on her debut following her transfer from Keynsham Town.
At the end of March, Wootton Bassett Town were the visitors, and they brought a 100% record with them. A tight game saw a 1-1 draw, although Portishead had the bulk of the chances which gave them confidence when the reverse fixture was played the following week, where another close game Portishead won 3-1.
The first league defeat was away to Team Mendip which was the game after the win at Wootton Bassett when they were outplayed by an improving side who finished the season strongly. The most competitive and exciting match was a 4-3 defeat at Swindon Town Development where on a sweltering afternoon, both sides worked hard and produced some excellent goals, with Swindon just edging out Portishead.
The team is managed by Chip Wright who has been in the role for four seasons, finishing runners-up in the Somerset County League in his first season in charge, winning the league and cup double in the next two seasons and they have now achieved back to back promotions.
Top scorer, for the fourth consecutive season, with 15 goals is Northern Ireland Under-19 international Shannon Holloway, however goals come from all around the team with 11 different scorers, Taylor Gainey and Ruby Lowe scoring 13 each, Hannah Thornton 12 and Michelle Venton 8. The team captain is commanding centre half Emily Dawe and the midfield was run by Imogen Fisher who will be hard to replace as she is leaving to join the Army.
Portishead entered a new reserve team into the Somerset County Women's League Division 2 for the first time in the 2017-18 season following the successful season of the first team. The season started positively with with a staggering 19-1 win over Evercreech with similar scores being a regular occurrence throughout the season. The ladies remained unbeaten in the league all season with 17 wins and drawing only one game, becoming Champions in March with three games left to play.
The ladies scored an impressive 134 goals in their campaign and only letting in ten thanks to goalkeeper Fiona Hull. Top scorer was central midfielder Ellie Howard with 22 goals, followed by Eloise Hubbard, Hannah Fletcher and Chloe Fensome, all with 14 and Ellie Purle with 13.
In her first year of management, Vic Wright has been impressed with the young talent who have transitioned from under-16s to ladies this year, growing in confidence and being supported by the senior players in the team. Captain Hannah Fletcher has lead the team by example, using her experience to help the whole team.
Portishead Town Ladies are looking for more players to strengthen the squad for the upcoming season, if you are interested, please get in touch.
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