Mixed fortunes for Exe hockey

PUBLISHED: 10:26 10 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 10 June 2010

THERE WERE mixed fortunes for the various teams who took to the pitches for Exe Hockey Club matches at the weekend with both men's and ladies' 1st teams striking victories but the minor teams were not so successful, writes Sue McGivern.

THERE WERE mixed fortunes for the various teams who took to the pitches for Exe Hockey Club matches at the weekend with both men's and ladies' 1st teams striking victories but the minor teams were not so successful, writes Sue McGivern. The Ladies' 1st team won their National League game at Bournemouth 4-1. The opening exchanges were very even but the first score came when Hannah Jones' excellent sense of position and boundless energy saw her arrive at the right time to finish a sweet passing move but the hosts were level by the break at 1-1. Five minutes after the restart Jane Cann put Exe back in front and from here the side took charge. Recently married Sarah Harvey was outstanding in defence and from this solid base constant passing moves were launched through the middle third of the pitch and it was no surprise when, from another short corner, Jess Brooker netted and the same player powered her way through to score her second, and the side's 4th, with ten minutes remaining. Exe 2nds lost 2-1 at Firebrands in a game very much of two halves. The hosts bossed the first period and scored twice, Exe claimed the second half honours but could only manage the one score. Exe, 3rds drew 1-1 at ECV Hornets and the 4ths lost 6-1 at home to Winscombe whilst the 5ths drew 2-2 at Exeter Crickets. Exe Men's 1st team were worthy winners against Yeovil and Sherborne in a game that saw a couple of outstanding performances from Tom King and Tom Morris. It was an inspired second half performance from Exe that helped bank the points. Trailing 2-1 at the half way mark they were far more powerful and indeed effective after the break, scoring three times to win the game 4-2. Exe Men's 2nds went down 6-4 at Chard where they fell 3-0 down at one stage to a determined host side. But, in similar fashion to the club's 1st team, the 2nds stormed back in the second half and scored a quartet of goals to take a 4-3 lead, only for the hosts to find another gear and score three more of their own in a powerful finish.

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