BRIDPORT Ladies gave themselves too much ground to claw back as Burnham United Ladies held on to claim a 3-2 win at St Mary’s Field.

In a thrilling Somerset County Women’s League Division Two South encounter, the home crowd witnessed a game filled with twists and turns, ultimately culminating in a narrow victory for Burnham.

The first half kicked off with Bridport struggling to find their rhythm, as possession swung back and forth.

Despite gaining control, the team faced challenges in converting their efforts into tangible results, often losing the ball in critical moments.

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Burnham, seizing the opportunity, opened the scoring in the eighth minute through a swift counter-attack that penetrated the Bridport defence, allowing Daisy Goldsmith to fire home.

Bridport continued to battle but found themselves vulnerable to Burnham's counter-attacking prowess.

At the 25-minute mark, Goldsmith capitalized on another counter, launching a powerful shot from a distance to extend Burnham’s lead.

As the first half progressed, Goldsmith again pounced on mistakes made by Bridport to score a well-deserved hat-trick, putting Burnham in total command.

Despite the scoreline, Bridport were determined to rectify their performance in the second half.

The half-time break seemed to work wonders for Bridport, as they emerged more positively, with the midfield orchestrating better ball movement and increased energy levels.

Just five minutes into the second half, Laura Tattershall broke through Burnham's defence, providing a lifeline for Bridport with a well-taken goal for 3-1.

Suddenly, the belief was reignited among the Bridport players, leading to sustained pressure on Burnham in their own half.

The breakthrough came in the 58th minute when a well-delivered cross found Florence Valinski, who calmly finished to bring the score to 3-2.

Throughout the second half, Bridport dominated possession and displayed a stronger defensive performance.

Burnham struggled to break out of their own half, as Bridport pushed for an equaliser.

In the 66th minute, Holly Perryment received a yellow card for a challenge in the Burnham box, highlighting the team's determination to contest every ball.

Although they created more chances, Bridport fell just short of converting with clinical finishes and the game concluded with Burnham holding on to win 3-2.

Special mention goes to Polly Hughes, the left midfielder, for a stellar performance in the face of a challenging match.

Bridport will look to build on their second-half momentum in future fixtures, starting with a home game against Combe St Nicholas on Sunday (2pm).