After a hard-fought victory away to Cheltenham, the Ladies 3s were treated to another adventure up the M5 on Saturday to face Lansdown. Once again, the girls had the luxury of a substitute, so purely based on Saturday availability the team have made considerable progress since they ended the opening league game against Redland with 8 outfield players… Sadly, the game began inauspiciously, with Clifton conceding an early goal. Worse was to follow, as the team slipped to a three goal deficit at half-time. There were moments of promise in the second half, but unfortunately debutant El Graves forgot which team she was playing for and played a delightful ball across the pitch to a grateful Lansdown forward. That wrapped things up at 5-0. Goalie Kathy Morten picked up the player of the match plaudits from her team-mates, both for wearing a ball to the elbow with great steel and composure, and for keeping the scoreline below the high-watermark of the 7-0 defeat to Redland. We go again.

Tom Appleby

Alex Kirkpatrick

Probably on the physio table