Mansfield and Powell net as SOHC men go clear at the top of Southern One

Hockey. Ref miscsp 45 17TI 3160. Picture: Terry Ife

Hockey. Ref miscsp 45 17TI 3160. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club (SOHC) men’s 1st team sit clear on top of the Southern One table after a 2-0 success over one of their rivals for the divisional top honour, Dart.

SOHC made a good start retaining possession well and controlling long periods of the first half.

Going forward, Chris Bishop was able to find space down the right side on a number of occasions. It was through this avenue that the opening goal was scored - Nick Mansfield turning in (not tapping in) a pull back from Bishop.

However, and not for the first time this season, despite playing so well, the team were unable to find finishing to match the approach and half-time arrived with the sides separated by that one goal.In the second half, SOHC continued to dominate and, with a slightly more positive edge to their game, were able to dominate both possession and territory.

The game became physical with the opposition putting in some ‘meaty’ challenges. Both sides lost a player to the sin bin – Dart, at one stage, played with nine! With 10 minutes to go SOHC wrapped up the points when George Harvey Powell netted.

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The SOHC Man of the Match award went to the impressive George Mutter.

Tomorrow (Saturday) table-topping SOHC – they hold a three points lead at the summit – head for an away fixture against East Devon, who sit eighth in the table with a current home record this term of two wins, two draws and two defeats in their six matches of far.

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