Competitive encounter

PUBLISHED: 14:13 27 October 2011

Sidmouth HC 4th XI 0, Chard 4

Sidmouth travelled to this friendly match in Chard with slightly depleted numbers, writes Andrew Coley.

A mix-up over keeper availability led to captain Brian Woodward playing in goal, while a breakdown en-route meant Nick Smale was unable to make it to the game.

The nine men of Sidmouth played a young home team of 10 players but the visitors were hopeful of a competitive encounter and so it proved to be.

For a long period in the first half, the scores remained level with the likes of Bill Eveleigh, Lee Clayden and Declan West playing well in their respective positions.

Chard managed to take the lead and extended it twice with two superb reverse stick strikes by their forward.

A disagreement with the umpire led to Simon Price being given a yellow card and Chard were able to score one more before the final whistle.

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