SOHC girls’ Under-10s battle well at Exeter School tournament

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club Under-10s

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club Under-10s - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club (SOHC) girls Under-10s played their latest tournament at Exeter School.

First up the girls took on Exe and both sides made bright starts. Exe pressed hard, but found it difficult against the strong tackling of Emma Alman and terrific organisation of Jess Perry, who had donned the keepers kit. The pressure eventually told and Exe scored twice to win the game, but SOHC gave a very good account of themselves.

Next up the team took on a very skilful Isca side that spent much of the contest camped in the SOHC half where they won a number of short corners. ISCA converted a couple of these despite some great saves from Perry! At the other end of the pitch SOHC gave the Isca defence plenty to think about during some slick counter-attacking in which Amy Scott and Anya Ward were prominent. However the Isca back line was well-drilled and they stood firm as their team added one further goal to win 3-0.

The third group game for the girls was an even contest with Ivybridge. SOHC played well with Mollie Perram and Izzi Francis linking with real aplomb whilst Molly Cole showed herself to be strong in the tackle.

Ivybridge broke the deadlock, but that drew a terrific response from SOHC and a break, led by the impressive Amy Davies, ended with a goal from Amy Scott.

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With the clock ticking down and SOHC looking set for a deserved share of the spoils the Bridgers broke away to score the games third and decisive goal!

SOHC coach Andy Cole said: “Overall the girls played throughout in great spirit. They came up against some good opposition. Jess Perry made a number of good saves, and Amy Scott was busy and it was thanks to her determination that the team scored that goal in their third game. Thanks are also due in no small day to the mums who made all the Mother’s Day cakes.”

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