Well-earned single goal victory for Exe Ladies

PUBLISHED: 14:33 30 October 2009 | UPDATED: 12:12 10 June 2010

EXE Ladies continued their winning ways with a single goal victory at home to Team Bath Buccaneers, writes Jane Cann.

EXE Ladies continued their winning ways with a single goal victory at home to Team Bath Buccaneers, writes Jane Cann.

In the early exchanges, Sarah Similien was prominent for Exe making attacking runs out of defence, skilfully maintaining possession and putting Bath's midfield and defence under pressure.

With Player of the Match Jo Pope in midfield, creating movement and passes and the hard working forwards Linda Webb, Claire Thomas and Kate Granger all playing a part, Exe enjoyed dominance but found a packed visitors' defence hard to break down.

With just two minutes of the first half remaining, a long ball from midfield found Claire Thomas and, from the back line, she cleverly fed the ball across the front of the goal for Jo Pope to fire Exe ahead.

After the break, Exe continued to attack and were denied a second score in the 50th minute when they were instead awarded a short corner which came to nothing.

The visitors rallied and Exe stopper Suzi Eagles was called into impressive action a number of times, one of her finest saves coming in the last minute of the game.

So three more points and continued leadership of the table for the Exe Ladies who now face back to back meetings with the two sides immediately below them in the table - first Cannock and then Barnes.

EXE Ladies' 4ths travelled to Taunton with a makeshift team due to half term unavailability, with a brace of goalkeepers having to make up numbers on the pitch, and went down 7-1, writes Jenny Mitchell.

Exe kept the score down to just a single goal deficit at the break but were over-run in the second half before managing a consolation goal when Ellie Keast picked up a long pass from Jenny Mitchell to beat the keeper from a narrow angle.

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Meanwhile, in other Exe Ladies' Hockey, the 3rd team shared eight goals with hosts Plym Valley but there was better news for the second team who returned happily from a trip to Bristol, thanks to a 5-0 win over Redland in West premier Division One.


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