Sansom leaves keeper stranded for winner
WHAT a difference a week made for Dartmouth Ladies.
Seven days earlier they had swept aside Plym Valley 4-0 in the Devon HA Cup.
Fast forward a week to the derby clash with Dart in Petroc One and the outcome was a 1-0 defeat against a side desperate for a win to get away from the wrong end of the table.
Somebody removed the Dart hockey brain in the first half, which was at best very poor.
From the first whistle Dart went on the attack and took control of the game, not allowing Dartmouth to settle and constantly pressuring their defence.
Dart were finding their players easily, with quick slick passing from the midfielders and great running off the ball from attackers it wasn't long before Dart were rewarded for their efforts.
A perfectly weighted pass into the circle by Claire Powlesland was picked up by Harriet Sansom who coolly took the ball around the stranded keeper and slotted the ball into the goal.
Dart remained on top for the remainder of the first half. Young midfielders, Maddie Pooley and Magenta Joyner worked tirelessly to harass the Dartmouth players and keep the ball in their attacking half.
Shot after shot from Michelle Paine flew just wide, but the second goal eluded Dart.
The second half was much better as Dartmouth upped their game with good work from Alix Vincent, Lisa Hunt, Jamie Rendle and player of the match Sam Webb.
The Dart defence found themselves under increased pressure but Annie Quartley, Harriet Payne and Kerry Taylor were not going to be beaten
Player of the match for Dart was shared between Harriet Payne and Joyner.
Dartmouth face a tougher challenge when they meet Torbay this Saturday.