Under 15's battle hard but fall short.

New Milton Town Ladies U15s only had themselves to blame after they slumped to a 3-0 defeat to Winchester City Falcons.

The Linnets were guilty of wasting numerous chances in what was otherwise an even contest at Fawcetts Field, the visitors' were far more clinical in their finishing and scored three of their five clear cut opportunities.

The first-half proved a tight affair, with New Milton struggling to make any headway by trying to play through the Winchester defence, the home side nearly opened the scoring when Jennings ran into the box but was denied by the Winchester 'keeper at a tight angle.

At the other end, the visitors struck the crossbar before taking the lead two minutes before the interval thanks to a fine 20-yard strike that gave stand-in goalie Sedgwick no chance, the Linnets could have levelled on the stroke of half-time after a corner found its way to Carmichael in the box but her shot flew over the bar.

New Milton were much improved in the second period and should have had at least one goal to show for their dominance, first, Ridgley's venomous close range strike was blocked on the goal line and then Jennings prodded the ball over the top in front of a gaping net.

To compound the Linnets' problems, Winchester then struck two quick goals to effectively seal the win, Ferrett was unlucky not to pull one back but her looping effort was clawed away by the Winchester keeper, Ridgley was then first to react when the Falcon's goalie parried another Jennings shot but could only steer the rebound wide of the post.

Manager Kristian Weller gave his thoughts on the tough defeat to Winchester.

I'm very proud of the girls today; they stuck to the brief by trying to look after the ball and being brave and creative in the final third, but it proved to be one of those games where we could have played all day and not score, Winchester did a great job in frustrating our attacks and took their chances very well, but we can't help but feel disappointed that we didn't come away something to show for our part in the game.

New Milton Town: Sedgwick, Charalambous, Gulliford (Capt.), Hammond, MacKinnon, Ferrett, Carmichael, Brookes, Vass, Jennings, Ridgley, Bungay, Orchard, Davey.

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