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Yeovil Town 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 1
Yeovil Town were denied their first ever Premier League win by a late Brighton equaliser at Sherborne on Sunday.
Having taken a lead throughJemma Tewkesbury with a quarter of an hour left, the newcomers looked set for victory but a superbly taken Leeta Rutherford equaliser on 88 minutes gave the Sussex club their first point of the season which their general play probably deserved.
Defences dominated proceedings for much of the game but both teams could point to chances missed, which might have led to a different result.
Yeovil created the first chance with a powerful Tewkesbury run and her low cross just evaded Laura Bray in front of goal on twelve minutes. Albion responded immediately when Gemma Fraser shot wide when clear on goal. Neither defence was greatly troubled until 33 minutes when Albion's Sarah
Kempson broke free on the left and had a powerful shot deflected wide for a corner, from which a Katie McIntyre header went just over.
Goalkeepers Rachel Simkin and Charlotte Sole both had to be quick off their lines within a minute to smother at the feet of attackers but it was Yeovil who created another clear chance when a right side cross caused danger with Helen Bleazard close to opening the score.
On the restart, Brighton were playing into the stiff breeze and came under some early pressure but gradually played their way back into the match with Kim Whitcombe seeing a lot of the ball on the left wing and Kempson going on a number of good runs. The Yeovil defence stood firm aided by the hard working Terri Trowbridge and her midfield colleagues and it looked increasingly that one goal would settle the outcome.
When Sole misread the bounce of a Georgia Coles cross on 75 minutes the predatory Tewkesbury was able to force the ball home for her third goal in as many games. Brighton pushed forward in an attempt to rescue a draw. A corner from substitute Sofia Bouyi gave Whitcombe a great headed chance at the near post but she failed to glance the ball in.
With little time remaining, another Kempson run was halted but the ball broke to Rutherford 25 yards out and she curled a right foot shot over the diving Simkin's hands and into the top corner for a stunning equaliser.
Both teams are finding their feet in the division and have their first point on the board. Brighton have a number of new faces and looked a solid unit with the potential to improve. Yeovil conceded late on for the second game in a row but surely that first win is just around the corner.
Yeovil Town: Rachel Simkin, Georgia Coles, Emma Brazell, Kim Short, Rachel Edwards, Rosie Wiliams, Stacey Pearson, Terri Trowbridge, Laura Bray, Helen Bleazard, Jemma Tewkesbury. Subs: Sarah Lawler, Leah Jennings Laura Wensley.
Brighton & Hove Albion: Charlotte Sole, Natasha Wells, Sara Hinton, Katie Baker, Carly Esposito, Katie McIntyre, Gemma Fraser, Leeta Rutherford, Kim Stenning, Sarah Kempson, Kim Whitcombe. Subs: Sofia Bouyi, Libby Pritchard, Chantelle Hedge.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
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