AFTER a five-week forced break due to unfavourable weather conditions, Bridport Ladies returned to action with gusto, beating Ashton 4-1 in the first round of the Somerset Women's League Cup.

Despite the lengthy break, Bridport demonstrated no signs of rustiness, having dedicated themselves to rigorous training sessions during the time away.

The team's readiness was evident from the opening whistle as they unleashed a barrage of attacks, immediately putting Ashton on the back foot.

Employing a slightly altered tactical approach, Bridport Ladies found success early on, with Lucy Paull calmly converted a penalty following a foul on Claire Darby in the box.

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The momentum continued in Bridport's favour as, further extending their lead, Holly Perryment breaking the through the Ashton backline with a well-taken goal just 16 minutes into the match.

Paull and Perryment both went on to score their second but in between those strikes Ashton managed a goal at 69 mins through Mea Porter as a consolation.

Throughout the game, Bridport maintained control of the midfield, dictating play and showcasing exceptional communication on the field.

Paull's standout performance earned her player of the match, having orchestrated Bridport's attacks and organised their defensive efforts.

Statistical analysis revealed Bridport's dominance, with the team enjoying slightly more possession at 52 per cent and significantly outclassing Ashton in completed passes.

Looking ahead, Bridport Ladies eagerly anticipate their next challenge in the Somerset Women's League Cup as they prepare to host Berrow Ladies in the second round on Sunday, April 7 (2pm).