SOHC men’s fourth team impress in defeat at Bridgwater

Sidmouth 1st's v Bristol. Scott Rowson. Picture by Paul Clayden

Sidmouth 1st's v Bristol. Scott Rowson. Picture by Paul Clayden - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club (SOHC) men’s fourth team went down 3-1 in their SE Division Three match at Bridgwater D, writes Steve Ellison.

However, the score line most certainly does not ‘tell the whole story’!

The team’s pre-match plans were hit with a number of last-minute drop-outs, illness and injury and, amongst the absentees was influential captain ‘Docker’.

Forced to play with a kicking back (a player who plays without goalkeeping protective kit, but has all the goalkeeping privileges), they matched the home team in all areas of the pitch for most of the game.

SOHC were always going to be weaker at short corners and so it proved as they went one down after 20 minutes to a flick from the top of the D.

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They survived two more close shaves, one of which saw James Plant stop and clear from his own goal line and, several other phases of pressure which saw their defence men, Steve Harris and Roger Dudding, do some good work.

SOHC played the better hockey with their six juniors displaying confidence and no-little skill on the ball.

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The midfield of Crick, Harrison, Treeve Harris, Prasad (playing his first senior game) and Wright, worked tirelessly to break down the play and set Cai Williams on his way to terrorise the home team defence.

It remained 1-0 until half-time. In the second half, the visitors continued to match Bridgwater and, arguably, enjoyed the balance of possession and played the better hockey.

Bridgwater’s more direct approach saw them grab a scrappy second to put the points seemingly beyond reach. SOHC dug in and continued their patient approach.

This was rewarded with several short corners. Their goal, scored by Cai Williams, resulted from their third short corner. Steve Harris injected accurately, Chris Wright’s shot was deflected and Williams followed up with a shot from five-metres that was too much for the keeper.

The match became scrappy as the home team closed the game out. However, gallant SOHC contained to press, but were unable to convert the benefits of possession in strong attacking positions.

SOHC: Ellison S, Harris S, Dudding, Plant, Crick, Harrison, Harris T, Wright, Prasad, Williams.

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