Cruden and Rye give Rover Oxford a run for their money in Exe victory

PUBLISHED: 13:31 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 10 June 2010

EXE LADIES 1st XI travelled confidently to Rover Oxford after a strong home draw against Cannock in their previous outing, writes Sue McGivern.

EXE LADIES' 1st XI travelled confidently to Rover Oxford after a strong home draw against Cannock in their previous outing, writes Sue McGivern.

From the first whistle Exe sought to play a high pressure game, giving the hosts little or no attacking opportunities.

The opening score came after neat approach play between Tam Pascoe and Robyn Walton which ended with the latter tucking the ball away. With Kirsty Cruden and Katrina Rye causing all sorts of problems on either flank, the play was generally towards the hosts' goal and the second score duly arrived when Jo Pope volleyed home a deflected Pascoe cross.

Fresh legs were introduced after the break, and this paid dividends as a great team move ended with goal number three.

It began with Walton who played it wide to Rye. The lively winger then made progress down the flank before tucking it inside to Pascoe and she, in turn, applied a polished finish, befitting of a fine team goal.

The fourth and final score came when impressive defender Angie Slade released Hannah Jones and she made rapid progress through the heart of the Oxford defence before, upon reaching the D, blasting the ball beyond the reach of the hosts' keeper.

Next on the agenda for Exe 1st XI is this coming Sunday (November 22) with a meeting in Exeter with Sutton Coldfield.

The Exe Ladies' 2nds went down 3-0 at Team Bath in a game that saw the unfortunate Megan Russell struck on the knee, forcing her out of the action.

The game was locked at 0-0 until shortly before the break when the exceptional Lucy Dawkins was finally beaten in the Exe goal. Exe Ladies' 3rds went down 1-0 at Paignton, the 4ths had no game and the 5ths suffered a heavy defeat at home to the up and coming Ashmoor team.

Meanwhile news from the Exe Men's XIs is that the 1st XI won 5-2 at Taunton Vale B and the 2nd XI won by the odd goal in five at home to Taunton Vale D.

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