SOHC ladies share six goals with Dawlish

Sidmouth & Ottery ladies 2nd XI at home to Dawlish. Ref shsp 6036-46-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth & Ottery ladies 2nd XI at home to Dawlish. Ref shsp 6036-46-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club (SOHC) ladies second team shared six goals with a Dawlish side that is, like SOHC, yet to win this league season.

Both teams went into the contest having banked just a single point in their respective Petroc Division One campaigns to date.

Despite the lowly standings of the teams in the table, they served up a super contest of end-to-end hockey!

Dawlish began on the front foot, but the SOHC defence was equal to the best of the attacking efforts.

Lucy LeFebvre and Katie Underwood both made some terrific tackles in the heart of the SOHC defence while goalkeeper Charlotte Brodie pulled off a number of saves.

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Despite the defence’s best efforts the Dawlish pressure built and they duly broke the deadlock with the first gaol of the game.

Back came SOHC with the midfield being at the centre of their counter-attacking play.

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Following some terrific link-up play involving Maddy Roberts and Martha Keats, a strong run by Rachael Ward resulted in a short corner clinically despatched by Lizzie Nancekivell, rifling the ball home from the top of the D.

Just before half-time Dawlish regained their lead, albeit with an element of good fortune, with the ball being deflected past Brodie before nestling in the bottom corner of her net.

During the interval the team’s off-pitch captain, Helen Ackland, delivered a Churchillian speech and the opening10 minutes of the second half saw SOHC dominate play!

Flora Hastie, who worked hard in midfield throughout the contest, linked well with Jasmine Scott to create the opportunity for Hannah Peters to create the best goal of the game, striking a powerful shot beyond the Dawlish keeper.

It was no surprise when SOHC scored a third to take the lead for the first time in the contest with the fruitful left flank play of Bernie Voce providing the assists to an Aimee Keast goal.

SOHC then defended well as the Dawlish bid to restore parity grew by the minute and the pressure eventually told with Dawlish scoring the games sixth and final goal.

There was still time for SOHC to mount one final attack, but a powerfully driven cross proved to be just out of the reach of a stretching Angharad Price-Hughes’s reach.

Tomorrow (November 14), SOHC travel to Dartmouth.

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