Powell hat-trick as SOHC men’s first team book Devon TRophy semi-final berth


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Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club (SOHC) men’s first team were emphatic winners when they met Teign II in a cup tie.

The four league gap between the teams was clear to see as SOHC dominated from first whistle to last.

There were some good individual performances with slick finishes.

In terms of the goal scoring the honours went to Harvey Powell who netted a hat-trick. Sam Cortinhas, Charlie King and Nick Mansfield each bagged a brace – though the latter named was also guilty of a serious contender for ‘Miss of the Season’! Richard King was the other goal scorer.

The only negative to come from the game was the injury to Billy Rudolph with a broken thumb.

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Tougher games lie ahead, but it was very positive afternoon of hockey from the team who now find themselves into the Devon Trophy semi-finals where they will meet either Tiverton or Okehampton.

The day before the men’s first team went down 4-2 when they took on second-in-the-table Team Bath C in a Central One meeting.

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After taking the lead, SOHC must have thought that perhaps they were on their way to a third win of the season.

Sadly, that was not to be the case as the last line of defence was broken all too easily. There were some exceptional moments of skill including a drag flick towards the centre of the goal by Charlie King that managed to bag him his first drag flicked goal of the season.

There also a special moment when Callum Lefebvre rifled a shot into the top left corner with superb precision.

After the break SOHC found themselves very much second best as they were outpaced, outgunned and outmanoeuvred.

The SOHC Man of the Match award went to the veteran Charlie Plowden.

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