Dartmouth pay the penalty in battle with unbeaten leaders
DARTMOUTH battled against unbeaten league leaders Kingsbridge and Salcombe Cougars in a tense and physical match played in Torbay due to the home pitch still being unavailable, but lost 2-1 after two penalty decisions went against them.
With key players going head-to-head for long periods, tensions rose, leading to a yellow card and sin bin for both Siobhan Edwards and her opposite number.
With confidence gaining, Dartmouth came out of the blocks with vigour in the second half and a lovely piece of passing play through Shin Patel and Lucy Pillar released sister Hannah Pillar who drove across the D and smashed home a lovely shot to gain the lead.
Kingsbridge upped the pressure and attacked relentlessly until a deliberate foul from player of the match Hannah Pillar brought the first penalty decision. Goalie Ellie Malley palmed the flick away only to see it fall inside the post.
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In the last 20 minutes, Kingsbridge pushed hard and created numerous short corners. But despite some brave defending, the action in Dartmouth's D led to the second and cruellest penalty as a ball struck Chloe Edwards in the face on the line following a deflection off her stick. Following an umpire discussion, the penalty was awarded and despatched.
This weekend, Dartmouth travel to Exeter for a clash against Isca 4, while Newton Abbot face Exeter University at Torquay Girls Grammar School.
Also in Petroc One, Teign 2 play Dart (1pm) while Torbay face Dawlish at Torquay Girls Grammar School (12.30pm).