Exe Ladies' losing run continues

PUBLISHED: 17:03 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:55 10 June 2010

HOCKEY: Exe Ladies continued their poor run of results in the Slazenger League South when they lost 3-2 to relegation-threatened Firebrands.

HOCKEY: Exe Ladies continued their poor run of results in the Slazenger League South when they lost 3-2 to relegation-threatened Firebrands.

Exe, lifted by the return of Helen Johnson following injury, went into an early lead when Kate Granger scored from open play in the 12th minute.

However, battling Firebrands worked hard to stay in the match and equalised through Smith just before half-time.

After the break the Bristol-based visitors continued to improve and struck two quick goals from Thomas and Smith to go 3-1 up.

Exe now found themselves chasing the game. Lifted by the many spectators, Exe managed to pull a goal back through Joey Swanepoel on 66 minutes.

The last five minutes saw Exe pressing, but unable to get the equalizer.

Exe Ladies 2nds entertained Isca in one of two derbies in the last round of fixtures. They lost 2-0, but still remain close to the top of Division One in the West Premier League.

A ray of sunshine came when Exe Ladies 3rds claimed a 2-1 victory at Newquay.

The fourth team played top-of-the table Cheddar, who confirmed their promotion by clinching a 5-0 victory over the Exe team.

Exe Ladies 5th XI played Isca 4th XI. Despite missing a few players, Exe rallied and produced an organized and enthusiastic team for this local derby.

Once settled into a pattern of play, Exe began to mount some attacks.

Midway through the first half Emma Haughton-Brown ran on to a through ball and scored to put Exe into a 1-0 lead.

Isca rallied and levelled before half time. In the second half, theycame out fighting and put a lot of pressure on the battling Exe defence.

Unfortunately, at a short corner, Exe captain Natalie Hooten was struck in the mouth. Following a prolonged break the game was conceded at 1-1 to Isca as Exe felt unable to restart.

Exe Men's 1sts welcomed Taunton Civil Service A to their regular home venue at the Exmouth Tennis Centre.

The welcome was not extended to the pitch however as they came away 6-3 winners. Exe Men's A team narrowly missed out on promotion when they met Yeovil & Sherbourne away. Exe lost 4-3. Goal difference cost them promotion.

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