SOHC Ladies III prove to be queens of the comeback

Sidmouth Ladies 1st hockey team took on Redland UWE at the weekend. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shsp

Sidmouth Ladies 1st hockey team took on Redland UWE at the weekend. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shsp 6068-10-14AW - Credit: Archant

SOHC III 3, Dart III 2 Sidmouth and Ottery Ladies III staged a dramatic turnaround, coming back from a two goal half time deficit to deservedly bank the points in a thrilling encounter.

Although the game was not dominated by Dart III, they did make some fast and skilful breakaway runs which resulted in them taking a two goal lead into the interval.

They my well have gone in three up had they not seen a third ‘goal’ chalked off for not hitting the backboard.

In that first half SOHC’s Charlotte Hill fought valiantly to win the ball and pass it up the pitch. SOHC had several opportunities to score, but were unable to defeat the goalkeeper and on two occasions the ball was saved on the line by a defender!

During the break the home team were served up a stern set of words from the coaching staff and the words paid off for, from the re-start there was a renewed determination as SOHC moved the ball faster than they had earlier in the contest.

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The slicker movement on and off the ball paid dividends Sarah Dean rifled a shot home to halve the deficit.

The equaliser was scored by right wing Angharad Price-Hughes before Dean finished what she had started in the second half with what proved to be the winning goal.

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In the last ten minutes of the game Dart made some good attacks and had some short corners, but good defensive work from Mary Ackland, Mo Mylne and the rest of the defence kept the ball out of the goal.

The final whistle was greeted with a mixture of relief and joy by a home side that certainly enjoyed what they had achieved.

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