Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club Ladies thirds power way to Torbay triumph.
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SOHC III 4, Torbay II 0 Sidmouth and Ottery ladies III equalled their longest unbeaten run of the season with a clinical victory over Torbay at a sun-kissed Ottery St Mary, writes Suzanne Thorpe.
SOHC made a positive start with some penetrating runs down the flanks from Katie Ackland on the right and Jess Oliver on the left, causing Torbay major problems.
Just before the interval Angharad Price-Hughes diagonal shot went in the far corner of the left post and SOHC lead 1-0 at half time.
Torbay gave a good account of themselves in the first half, but got little change out of the impressive home defence of Lucy LeFebvre, skipper Mary Ackland and Cath Dockley, the latter confidently sweeping away any trouble from dangerous areas. Goalkeeper Sophie Hudson had to make a couple of clearances, but looked comfortable throughout.
After the break much of the play was condensed into the visitors half of the pitch. Mo Mylne was able to push up to support the midfield which pinned down Torbay. Sarah Dean doubled the lead and then swiftly added another, both goals the result of some slick inter-linking play.
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The Torbay coach tried to lift the visitors, but any communication being broadcast to players was drowned out by the delighted SOHC supporters on the side lines!
The final goal was thumped home by Ali Tierney and the victory lifts the team into third place in the Petroc Division Two table.
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Tomorrow (Saturday) they travel to Ashmoor looking to avenge the 3-0 defeat they suffered when the pair met at Ottery in November.