White and Kilburn-Thompson star in narrow defeat for Exe V
PUBLISHED: 12:28 13 March 2018
Exe fifths were beaten 3-2 when they travelled to Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club (SOHC) fourths, writes Jojo Bannister.
Exe set up camp in the offensive half for the majority of the first half, although the home side did leave one player to hang high around the goal. The play was fast paced with some accurate passing and Exe pressed hard before Harmony Evans stroked home to put visitors one up.
Out of the blue, SOHC broke one out of the defence and caught Exe on the hop, bringing the scores level again.
Heads still high, Exe continued to press their skill advantage and deservedly went into half-time 2-1 up thanks to Soraya Meftah latching onto the end of a nice cross.
The home side looked a different proposition after the break. The contest became far more even, but Exe did look as if they had lost some of the desire to chase back.
The curse of the final 10 minutes was again Exe’s downfall as two goals consigned them to a narrow defeat, though Exe were unlucky to find they had put the ball in the goal after a messy period only to hear the whistle blown for a short corner as it crossed the line.
The Exe V Player of the Match voting saw a wide spread of votes, but two players, Brianne White and Esme Kilburn-Thompson, bagged a pair of votes each to take the honour.