Fagg denies visitors at the death.

PUBLISHED: 18:04 26 January 2011

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Alice Shoulder notched a second half brace as Exe 4ths delivered the goods to share eight goals with Mid Somerset in their last outing.

PRODUCING one of their best, and certainly most exciting performances of the season, Exe 4ths, shared eight goals with visiting Mid Somerset, write Jane Bailey.

The visitors struck first, making the most of a break, somewhat against the run of play.

Exe then found a new tempo and, backed by an all-round determination to make every 50/50 ball their own, were soon level when Claire Whittacker applied a polished finish to a sweeping move.

A similar move then ended with Sarah Bennett firing the hosts ahead. The lead though, was cancelled out just before the break to send the sides into the half-time interval level at 2-2.

The visitors made a change to their goal keeper at half-time but a key factor after the break was another fine collective performance by the Exe mid defence, especially by Rebecca Fagg and Alice Shoulder who created many scoring opportunities for the spirited Exe team, linking up to make many great counter attacks fed from the Exe sweeper, Sian Williams.

The wonder of Alice’s magic touch was a joy to watch as she ran circles round Mid Somerset’s defence successful weaving past them to strike two fine goals just inside the circle.

Mid Somerset responded by pushing forward successfully scoring two more goals bringing the score level at a nail biting four goals each.

The game continued to see end to end hockey and both teams were denied by the others exceptional defending.

A last minute tackle by Fagg sprinting from mid field to deep in the circle surprised denied the visitors the chance to seal a late victory, but defeat would have been harsh on Exe who thoroughly deserved their share of the spoils in what was a fabulous game of hockey.

Meanwhile the Exe Hockey Club are always eager to greet new players of all abilities. Anyone interested in joing a friendly and busy club is welcome to attend Club training on Wednesdays at 7.00 pm, at St Luke’s School, Exeter or for further details visit the club’s very informative website at www.exehockeyclub.co.uk.

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