It was a first half display of high discipline as Oldland, having to start with ten players, kept opponents Ilminster Town at bay and despite creating only half chances,Ilminster created even less with Oldland defence and midfield looking dominant.
The only chance of note created by the hosts in the whole of the first half saw pacy striker Shannon Crouch hit the outside of the post for the hosts.
It was after the introduction of one of Oldlands late arrivals that Oldland took the lead.
Confidence had visibly risen with the introduction of Leanne Burge and with the game now 11 on 11, Oldland were now more on the front foot and an incisive team move saw Jade Scammell pick up the ball and play a defence splitting ball to Danni Shiner who cut inside and squared to striker Amy Street who in turn backheeled the ball into the path of Annie Hawkins Hoare who curled in from the edge of the box, over the Ilminster keeper and in off the bar. Hawkins nearly doubled the lead a minute later as another long range effort cannoned off of the bar.
That, however was as good as it got for Oldland as the second half saw a complete collapse from the Abbots. Three preventable goals saw Ilminster cruise and Oldland offered little as an attacking threat.
Indeed Oldland were indebted to keeper Jayde Holcombe who made several important saves to keep the score down. Hawkins-Hoare did flash a shot narrowly over but a lack of discipline and thought cost the Abbots dearly in the second half despite starting the game so well.
It clearly was a game of two halves for Oldland with the second half witnessing nothing of the early season promise delivered so far.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH---JAYDE HOLCOMBE--Some brave goalkeeping and good shot stopping kept the score down.