The Men’s 1s made the trip to Bath on Saturday for the first of a crucial double header. The boys took the opportunity to climb off the bottom of the table with a fantastic 2-1 win against a well drilled BUCS side. Aside from a scrappy first 20 minutes, we dominated the game, playing patient hockey. The home side scored first but responses from Nick Mansfield and a last minute finish from Sam Cortinhas secured 3 points.
The 1sts finally got around to playing City of Bath 2s on Sunday , a big game for the 1s as a win would guarantee a place in Central 1 next season. The game was very even from the start with few chances for both sides. The umpires set a clear precedent about stick tackles early on awarding Sam Cortinhas a green card. not a lot else happened in the first half with the 1s going into half time 0-0. In the second half Bath improved and got an early goal via a deflection. The 1s responded immediately with a very cleverly worked penalty corner deflected in by Lee Clayden. From this point on SOHC dominated the play, being camped in the the Bath 22. And surprise, surprise Bath broke away and scored a very scrappy goal. After this, cards were dished out to both sides, Ali Slade getting one for a poor tackle and Sam Cortinhas for dissent. Bath’s discipline was far worse however and they ended the game with 9 men, having picked up 3 yellows in the last 15 minutes however despite the 1s work rate they were unable to score the goal that they probably deserved. > The game ended 2-1 but everyone worked hard throughout, with special credit to Jack Ellison, George Powell and Henry Mutter (MOM) who stepped up from the 2s and played really well. The 1s go into the last game of the season knowing that a win will guarantee another year in Central 1.
Mens 2s faced Truro and we’re so unlucky not to come away with something from this game which is the story of our season, some great play from our youngsters even after been played out of position. We where first to get on the score sheet with a great goal from James broad but then before the half Truro had scored two. Second half and we started out with a little less domination slowing Truro to get another quick goal. From then it was mainly possession from the home team getting a goal back from a decent short corner to be finished off by jack Ellison. after some great passing hockey we got ourselves to the half way and pushed Truro back to their half and a great long ball from captain george Powell to find henry mutter in the d who made a great deflection into the back of the net. Unfortunately Truro decided to ruin our day by getting another goal and it finishing 4-3 to Truro. Ben Foley had a cracking game once again at the back and Joe button made some spectacular saves to keep us in the game. Well done to everyone involved and Steve ellison for sideline coaching. Next week we face east Devon who we got our only win of the season from so hopefully we can get another win and take another 3 points from them to finish the season in double figures.
The men’s 3s had a really good win against Bridgwater C on Saturday. Final score was 5-0. Considering we started the match with only ten men and no shirts we got off to a good start with James Redish slipping a ball between the goalies legs. Everyone managed to really step up while we only had 10 players we didn’t give Bridgwater any space at all, and managed to hold them off until our last player arrived. In the second half we really put the pressure on Bridgwater and managed to get another four goals in. two from Tom Vanstone, one from a short corner and the other from a penalty flick. One from Peter Milmer who did a lovely sweep from the penalty spot. The last goal was Ashok Prasad’s who stepped up from the 4s today and got a lovely deflection on the back post. Thank you everyone for your hard effort today it really paid off.
Ladies 1s only went and beat top of the league 6-0! This means we’ve made it an entire season without losing a game at home! The first half was tight but an absolute cracker of a goal from Nicky Lockyer made it 1-0 at half time. We knew from past experience that Exe 3 would come out strong in the second half. We continued to press hard and exploit Exe’s errors. We made those 50/50 balls ours every time! It was a super team effort! Goals soon followed.. A further 2 from Nicky Lockyer sealed the hat-trick, followed by goals from Aimee Keast, Karen Dutton and Frankie Elliott. Player of the match rightly went to Nicky Lockyer, who had an absolute stormer! A big thank you to Cath Dockley for helping us out this week! Super effort today… trust us to save our best game of the season until the penultimate one!
Ladies 2s came away the victors after a convincing 4-0 win against Winscombe 4s. Some lovely passages of play, determined battling by Megan Thompson-Summers, stoic defending by Katie Underwood and hard graft in the middle from Alice Please all contributed to the final result. Goals from Frankie ‘Brucie’ Forsyth, Megan, Fran Piper and Evie Wilson. > Player of the match went to Megan Thompson-Summers – thoroughly deserved.
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Ladies 3s Had a moral victory and a very good challenging game Dawlish went one up after a goal being disallowed. On came Caitlin Perry and a brilliant deflection made it 1-1! Unfortunately despite battling hard and some lovely take outs by Lauren Dockley, Diana Dormer, Cassia Ashley-Jones and Anna Moroz meant we had the upper hand but unfortunately we were unable to convert our chances into goals. Whilst we were full of attack some well placed passes gave Dawlish the chance to put two passed the goalie. Well played to everyone – it’s good to see the development of the squad.
Ladies 4s We lost 4-0, a very respectable score against the top of the league Honiton Hornets. The youngsters marked well, fought back and their heads did not go down. They passed the ball around well, making the most of their young legs against an older, more physical side.
Bringing home the bronze! Our U12 girls played out of their skins on Sunday to take home bronze medals , coming 3rd out of 12 in the Devon Hockey end of season tournament. In a group with ISCA A and Exe they put in consistently strong performances in the pool games winning 4, drawing 1 and losing 1. Amy Scott and Macy Parsons were a constant threat upfront with strong midfield support from Freya Pellow, Tori Ward, Carys Haynes and Jemima Daly. Chloe Annan teamed up with Rosie Miller and the determined Olivia Morgan in defence with Amy Davies saving many dangerous goal attempts. A loss in the semi-final to Marjon A left our girls in a play off for bronze against Hornets. Having lost narrowly to them in the last tournament the girls were in no mood for a repeat performance and pulled of a stunning 3-1 victory to seal 3rd place. Thanks to Martin Miller for coaching and the all the parents for making the long journey. What a team!!!!
Ladies 1s retain their unbeaten home record this season by beating Dart 2s 4-0.
There were some great passages of play, particularly between Samantha Parkyn and Katie Ackland, and Ellie Marok and Jess Oliver.
Goals came from Ellie Marok, Jess Oliver, Aimee Keast and Katie Dean
Player of the match went to Charlotte Brodie for her first team debut in goal- thanks for stepping up!
Ladies 2s won 7-2 against a determined Minehead team. Some great passages of play created plenty of pressure in the Minehead D. Goals from Alice Please, Rachel Ward, Fran Piper, Jaz Scott, Caroline Bickerstaff. Well done to Millie Guy for stepping in to fill a vacancy in goal – a great debut earning her the vote for player of the match.
Ladies 3s worked really hard against Isca 5ths, finally losing 2-1. Not a bad result as Isca are 3rd in our league
Congratulations to the Ladies 4s who had a triumphant win over Teign 3rds! 5-0 – goals from Amy Oliver, Jane Roberts among others. Cracking keeper skills from Ella Davies.
Men’s 1st team continued their winning form in the league with a 4-0 home win over Wootton Bassett. We started off on the front foot, playing very good possession hockey for long periods in the first half which eventually lead to a strike from the top of the D from Sam Cortinhas to take us 1-0 up. Another goal followed from Ali Slade. Wootton Basset then decided to play a half court press which gave Richard Robinson long enough on the ball to spot Billy Rudolph’s run in to the D and play a well placed aerial for Rudolph to set up a second goal for Ali Slade.
In the second half we were under more pressure but were able to hold off some good chances created by Wootton Bassett despite going down to 10 men twice. We then added another after a break from Charlie King to assist Callum Lefebvre to seal the win. This places us in a good position to climb out of the relegation zone in the final 3 games of the season. Player of the match – Sam Cortinhas
Men’s 5s – With Captain Andy Dockley called to a higher team, it was left to Steve Ellison to lead the team out against Mid Somerset and without our talismanic regular captain we won again 3-2. Two goals for Rich Lucas and a first league goal for Matt Sheridan from a perfectly timed pass from the right. After going 0-3 down, Mid Somerset did come back with two goals but with veteran Keith Baker stepping into the kicking-back position, we were always in safe hands. Just one fixture left for the season – a needle match against SOHC 4s on March 25. Supporters welcome
Well done to the U14 Girls team on Sunday playing at the Exeter Tournament. Great play to everyone but unfortunately we didn’t make the Semi Finals.
Well done U12 Boys teams (see photo) playing at the Plymouth Tournament. They played well but didn’t make the Semi Final.
Ladies 2s put out a superb game and drew 3-3 in their battle for top of the league against Weston super Mare. We remain second in the league and it was a fair result against good opposition. Even Weston said it was the best game they’ve had this season. After a tentative first half my word, didn’t we come out wanting those 3 points! Some phenomenal play by midfield and attackers looked dangerously close to stealing a whopper of a winner in the last 5 minutes! SOHC’s forwards on a fast break had spectators roaring. Great team spirit both on and off of the pitch and faultless effort by all. Player of the match deservedly goes to a determined Jasmine Scott.
Unfortunately Ladies 3s lost 1-0 to Exe 5ths. A good tempered, close game but a frustrating result. A big thank you to Jennie Stogdon for going in goal.
Ladies 4s went down about 10 – 0 to Ashmoor. It was a good natured game, if ill-matched. The mainly young team did a great job and cannot be faulted for effort. Well done to our inexperienced goalies. Ashmoor wanted to improve their goal difference, hence the intensity of goals.
Mens 1s went up to Taunton Vale and worked hard in the first half but ended up being 1-0 down at half time. After having a chat about the pitch and the performance we made a few changes. The second half started well and after goals from Charlie King and Nick Mansfield we were 2-1 up. Vale scored soon after but fortunately Sam Cortinhas was on hand to win a short corner for Charlie King to score again. Being 4-2 up we played some good stuff and looked in control but with 5 minutes to go we let Vale Score: 4-3. Then we unfortunately had a player sent off and played the rest of the game with 10 but managed to hold on for the 3 points. The result put us in a strong position for the upcoming games. Man of the match was Charlie King.
Mens 2s lost 3-2 but captain George Powell was extremely proud of every one of the players, young and old (no names) – must have been the best second half performance of the season. After letting Duchy get three goals up in the first half it didn’t look great, but after a tactical change at half time from Charlie Plowden it was such a difference to see and be a part of, everyone working on and off the ball, and goals coming from Ali Slade on his reverse and George Powell (p flick). Good to have some great youngsters as part of this squad and the future looks promising. Even Duchy after the game said we deserved to win the game, which is a positive. After that performance I know we can finish the season on double points!!
Unfortunate result for the Men’s 3s, losing 11-0 to Ashmoor. Played some great hockey at times, but they were much the better side! Great performance and commitment from everyone, and we didn’t give up even after falling so far behind. Topping it off we were a goal keeper kit short, so ended up borrowing a kit from the ladies game before ours…
Men’s 5s claimed another point on Saturday away at Ashmoor with a 1-1 draw. The goal was scored by Jasper Chun. Really good performance all round- especially in the first half. Second half saw a lot more battling and digging in but that’s three out of four games where we haven’t lost.
Off to Yeovil on the Sunday for our second fixture of the weekend. Unfortunately the double-header weekend ended with defeat away to Yeovil & Sherborne on. We took an early lead from a strong short corner routine with Steve Ellison sending the ball past the keeper in the third minute. Euan Webber had the chance to extend the lead with a penalty flick but the keeper was equal to his attempt. We had control over a lot of the game but we were unable to convert possession into goals. In the second half we continued to battle but the home side converted a penalty corner mid-way through the half and scored a good goal soon after to take the lead. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to get a goal back so went down 2-1. Special thanks should go to Jack Ellison and Sam Lefebvre for turning out for us today, and Dan Weedon for wearing the goalie pads again. The team played well but ultimately missed out on the points.
U14 Boys came second in Sunday’s tournament. They didn’t concede any goals, but the semi final game was a draw 0-0 and so went to penalty flicks, which SOHC won (after 12 tense attempts from each team) taking them to the finals where they unfortunately lost to Plymouth Marjons in the final game, placing them in silver medal position. Well done boys!
Sat 12th Nov 2016 – Ladies’ Petroc 1: Dart 2nds 1-6 SOHC 1sts
SOHC started spritely, quickly working the ball into the opposition’s D, and, after several opportunities and short corners, Karen Dutton converted. Nicky Lockyer and Katie Dean worked well together in the centre midfield, picking up loose balls and driving forwards into the D. Katie Jackson had a great game in defence and a superb ball down the line found Ellie Marok who scored a beautiful aerial! SOHC continued to press Dart, and, after several unlucky misses, Karen Dutton found the backboard once again. Dart began linking passes well, and, despite great defensive work from Lucy Lefebvre, Laura Strawbridge and Katie Jackson, they got a goal back and half-time arrived with SOHC 3-1 to the good.
During the break, with all substitutes already called into action after first half injuries, SOHC knew that the second period would involve plenty of hard work! However, clearly undaunted by this they made a high tempo start to the second half with some terrific wing play and delivery into the D by Jess Oliver and Ellie Marok. Sam Parkyn and Aimee Keast worked well in the D and both were very unlucky not to score on several occasions. The fourth goal continued to elude SOHC until a well-executed long corner, taken by Nicky Lockyer, found Karen Dutton to complete her first hat-trick of the season. Not to be out done, Ellie Marok netted a quick-fire double to complete her hat-trick and put a polished seal on a fine all-round team performance.
Sat 5th Nov 2016 – SE Div 3: SOHC D 3 – 1 East Devon D
It was a case of fourth time lucky for the 5ths when they took on East Devon at Sidmouth Leisure Centre last Saturday afternoon. For the second week on the trot the 5th’s netted three goals. This time they managed to limit their opponents to the odd goal to chalk up their first thoroughly deserved victory of the season.
Playing a new formation, following player dropouts on the morning of the game, they contained their visitors in the first period. John Tierney opened the scoring with a trademark firecracker of a shot from the left after 15 mins. Not to be outdone, E Devon replied shortly afterwards following some slack marking from a free hit just outside the 23m.
Sidmouth & Ottery contained the opposition effectively and played the ball around with confidence. Richard Lucas, playing his first game this season for the team, scored the second with a neat shot from the top left of the D, moving right to find the lower left corner of the goal with an accurate shot, 2-1.
E Devon started strongly in the second half and piled on the pressure. The young midfield, experienced defence and keeper worked hard to repel their resurgent opposition. E Devon were unlucky to lose an experienced player midway through the half which caused the balance of play to shift. Tierney provided some breathing space with the team’s third, shooting powerfully past the keeper and mass of players from a narrow angle.
After the game the victorious captain, Andy Dockley, was full of praise for his team.
The team: Smale, Dudding, Ellison S, Dockley A, Chun J, Crick, Lucas, Cortinhas G, Coley, Williams C & Tierney J.
Sat 29th Oct 2016 – SE Div 3: SOHC D 3 – 3 Yeovil & Sherborne B
With, Dockers, their influential captain continuing to be laid up for a second week with something that has turned out to be worse than “man-flu”, the 5ths took on top half of the table Yeovil & Sherborne at Ottery.
The home team field another young side that gave a good account of itself. So much so, that they scored the first when Alfie Crick pushed home at the right post following a flowing build up. They were then awarded a penalty flick, when a defender’s foot stopped a certain goal. Andy Coley lifted his effort straight at the keeper to miss the opportunity to extend their lead. Sidmouth & Ottery went into half-time with a slender 1-0 advantage.
The visitors struck back with their first attack of the second half, slicing through the sleeping midfield and defence and scoring in a packed D. End to end play followed without either team stamping its authority on the game. Fifteen mins into the half, Williams took on the keeper after a breakaway and scored with a low shot hard shot from the right, 2-1. This was followed by a piledriver of a goal from Treeve Harris 10 mins later, put through by his father, Steve, from the left, he cut across the defence at the top of the D and shot high into the right corner of the net, resulting wild celebrations from the spectators. At 3-1, they had all the points in sight.
However, it wasn’t to be. Yeovil continued to press and attack with the home team unable to win the battle of the midfield and to retain the ball higher up the pitch. They were first awarded a penalty flick which, they converted to make it 3-2. Their third came after a moment of indecision in the home D which was punished with a sharp finish to tie the game.
With plenty of goals in the game, Sidmouth & Ottery deserved their first point of the season and continued to build on the good work from their previous game.
The team: Smale, Dudding, Wright, Plant, Ellison S, Harris S, Harris T, Williams, Crick, Chun J, Mutter G, Coley, Cortinhas G.
Sat 22nd Oct 2016 – SE Div 3: Bridgwater D 3 -1 SOHC D
Playing with 10 men after a couple of last minute drop-outs due to illness/injury – including Dockers their pivotal captain, the 5th’s put in an outstanding performance away to Bridgwater in their second SE Div 3 game of the season.
Forced to play with a “kicking back”, they matched the home team in all areas of the pitch for most of the game. Sidmouth & Ottery were always going to be weaker at short corners and so it proved as they went one down after 20 minutes to a flick from the top of the D. They survived two more close shaves, one of which saw James Plant stop and clear from his own goal line and, several other phases of pressure which saw their defence men, Steve Harris and Roger Dudding, do some good work.
Sidmouth and Ottery played the better hockey with their x6 juniors displaying confidence and no-little skill on the ball. The midfield of Crick, Harrison, Treeve Harris, Prasad (playing his first senior game) and Wright worked tirelessly to break down the play and set Cai Williams on his way to terrorise the home team defence.
It remained 1-0 until half-time. In the second half, the visitors continued to match Bridgwater and, arguably, enjoyed the balance of possession and played the better hockey. Bridgwater’s more direct approach saw them grab a scrappy second to put the points seemingly beyond reach. Sidmouth & Ottery dug in and continued their patient approach. This was rewarded with several short corners. Their goal, scored by Cai Williams, resulted from their 3rd short corner. Steve Harris injected accurately, Chris Wright’s shot was deflected and Williams followed up with a shot from 5m that was too much for the keeper.
Bridgwater’s 3rd, another scrappy affair, took the game beyond the visitors. Sidmouth & Ottery contained to press but were unable to convert the benefits of possession in strong attacking positions.
After such a positive performance, we look forward to the rematch!
The team: Ellison S, Harris S, Dudding, Plant, Crick, Harrison, Harris T, Wright, Prasad, Williams.
Sat 25th February
Men’s 1s beat a decent Westbury side 3-0. The first 15 minutes of the game was very even with both teams creating chances, with Westbury having a number of Short Corners which they did little with. After this the boys took control of the game with a goal just before half time from Nick Mansfield. After half time the boys carried on the same way and after about 50 mins the 1s produced two “Total Hockey” goals finished by Charlie King but every player was involved with the ball starting from our own D being worked the length of the field before being walked into the goal (Yes, they were that good). Special credit to Sam Cortinhas who nearly broke the Westbury right backs ankle with some of his skills and Callum Lefebvre who caused endless problems throughout the game picking up MOM. The 1s know there is still work to be done to stay up, but if we have the same team for the rest of the year and play like today, it’ll be a breeze.
SOHC Men’s 2s 0 v 2 Bodmin. Another frustrating selection week for captain George Powell but we travelled with 11 and young Ben Plowden making his debut. Very even contest for whole 70 minute where we had many chances but their keeper was outstanding. Everyone was mystified by with a penalty stroke awarded which made it 2-0 to the home team. Up to that point it was a very competitive game an, with a team minus me averaging 17 yrs in age, that bodes well for the club. Good work rate from Henry Mutter, James Broad, Jack Ellison, Greg Jolly, Ian Brown, Jon Dutton & Greg Seward led with another top performance from George Powell.
Unusual post for the Men’s 5s – beat Isca 1-0, with a goal from Richard Lucas. It was a competitive game with the young core of the team performing well against a much older side. Captain for today Steve Ellison was restrained in his praise at half time but in his final analysis he said the hockey just got better as the match went on. Apparently it was our first win against Isca at this level for seven years. Well done to all involved.
Ladies’ 1s faced a strengthened Exe 4 side, and came from behind to sneak a 3-2 victory. We remain unbeaten at home this season! The team started strongly with some great links in play between the midfield and forwards, but the Exe defence were pretty solid and we were rarely given the opportunity to take a shot. The first goal eventually came late in the first from Ellie Marok. We began the second half a bit sluggishly and unfortunately let Exe score two easy goals, but fortunately this gave us the kick up the bum we needed, and we really began to dig deep. Nicky Lockyer and Jess Oliver were unstoppable driving forward. A great cross soon found Aimee Keast and she calmly slotted it past the keeper, to gain the equaliser. Exe continued to pose a threat, but defenders Lucy Lefebvre, Katie Ackland and Hannah Peters worked well together to keep them at bay. The whole team showed true grit and determination to hold on, and continued to seek that winning goal. Samantha Parkyn was so unfortunate not to score an absolute howler, (there may of been some premature celebrations)b ut eventually Ellie Marok secured the win. Player of the match: Jess Oliver- great play down the wing and really took a battering.
Ladies’ 2s won 3-1 against ECVH – it was a good game. Goals: 3 from Fran Piper, 1 from Katie Underwood into the wrong goal! Great stepping up from Caitlin Perry! Player of the match to Fran for her goals. Next weekend we face top of league Weston super mare at home, if we win we are above them with our awesome goal difference of 77! The challenge for 100 goal difference at end of season is on!
Ladies’ 3s went up against Okehampton on Saturday. It started off gentle and windy but SOHC soon got the upper hand and we held our on and continued attacking with a force as strong as storm doris. Short corners were awarded and the fight was on, a penalty stroke was awarded and Diana Dormor stepped up to the plate! Top left hand corner and the sideline went wild! 1-0 SOHC! With some brilliant play between Anna Moroz, Alice Dormor and Eleanor Bradshaw-Smith saw the defensive line of okehampton kept busy untill half time. The whistle blew for the sec9nd half and the terrific trio were at it again. Ella Davies had a epic time as centre forward causing trouble for the goal keepers. After some super defending of 6/7 short corners we were starting to wear a little thin. Okehampton had definitely upped the pressure; however, largely thanks to Lauren Dockley we kept them at bay. The last 5 minutes were called and we lagged just a little allowing Okehampton to sneak through and get that cheeky equalizing goal. Final score 1-1 but it was a epic game to watch from the sideline!
U12 girls put in an outstanding performance on Sunday in Torquay winning 4, drawing 1 and narrowly losing to local rivals Honiton Hornets. At one point the performance was compared by a spectator to ISCA!! Amy Scott, Macy Parsons and Jemima Daly were dangerous in attack alongside Rosie Philllips. They were ably supported by strong midfield performances from newcomers Freya Pellow and Olivia Morgan with Jess Perry leading a solid defence from Rosie Miller and Eve Logan. Amy Davies in goal put in some excellent saves and kept a clean sheet in the 4 winning games. Goals: Amy Scott 6, Macy Parsons 2. Brilliant effort girls!!!!!
Sat/Sun 18/19th February – Summarised Reports
The Men’s 1st XI had a busy weekend travelling 370 miles over the weekend on Saturday to Mid Somerset (Wells) and Sunday to Marlborough.
Game 1: Mid Somerset v Sidmouth
The boys turned up and started the game on the front foot creating a lot of chances. After dominating the first 30 minutes obviously Mid Somerset went and scored! We pulled level just before half time with a good finish from Nick Mansfield with some excellent work from Lee Clayden to set up the goal. Mid Somerset came out after half time and grabbed a goal to lead 2-1 which then forced the 1s to turn up the heat for the rest of the game, but without scoring the goal they deserved. It was a very good performance all over the field except in front of Goal. Special mention to Hexty who got MOM and Billy Rudolph who also played very well. And on a lighter note Ali Slade ended the day with a snapped stick which he had bought that day.
Game 2: Marlborough v Sidmouth
After another lovely trip down the M5 the 1s turned up to Marlborough (who are top of the league having only lost 1 game this season) with aching muscles and for some groggy heads! Marlborough then decided to show us why they are top of the league scoring 5 first half goals (all of which were pretty tasty). In the second half despite the tired legs the boys kept working creating chances and playing some good stuff considering the circumstances. The game ended 7-0 but everyone put in a solid performance. Credit to Jack Ellison, Henry Mutter and Greg Jolly who stepped up from the 2s and to Charlie King (MOM) and Simon Baker who played very well (even if I do say so myself!)
From the outside, looking in, this probably doesn’t look like a great weekend for the 1s but actually the lads are doing a lot right. This was confirmed by the Marlborough players after our game today, who spoke very positively about our side, the talented young players we are producing and how we play hockey the right way as a club! Therefore next week we go again and if we keep working hard I am positive we will start moving up the league.
SOHC 2s 1 v 3 Okehampton. Good game evenly contested and could easily have been a draw if we had done better in the final quarter. Oke had a 2 goal lead going into the 2nd half and good midfield work from Jon Dutton, Henry Mutter, George Powell and James Broad saw Jack Ellison clinically draw one back. Despite a final 10 onslaught on the Oke defence we couldn’t find the equaliser and they wrapped it up in last minute with a well taken PC. Good show in goal from Joe Button and another competitive performance from the lads means we are finishing the season positively despite our lowly league position.
Men’s 5s lost 4-2 away to East Devon. Richard Lucas levelled the game after the home side took an early lead but East Devon scored one either side of half time before Euan Webber pulled another one back from our only short corner. East Devon then claimed one more to secure the points. Captain Andy Dockley praised the team’s performance. The youngsters played well again with Max Moore making an impressive debut – another positive for the club’s future
Sat 24th Sep – Ladies’ Sedgemoor 2: SOHC 2nds 12 – 1 Bridgwater 2nds
New season, new league, new heights – great start to the season with an ‘Epic’ win
A move to the Sedgemoor Division 2 has given SOHC seconds’ new opportunities to test out their goal scoring prowess with an amazing start to season.
SOHC’s tactics from the outset were to go out with an all-out massive attack and show the visitors what they were up against. Within the first 10 minutes, initial SOHC shots went wide but early euphoria was dampened when Bridgwater sunk the first goal from a well worked short corner against the run of play.
SOHC didn’t bow down, having conviction in their skills, speed and endurance and moved the ball well with high percentage possession. Individual skills from Frankie Elliott started the goal fest with SOHC first two goals and then followed by Rachel Ward’s first. The forwards were in full flow and we’re able to run into space behind Bridgwater defence at will and created a further 3 goals from Evie Wilson, Francesca Forsyth and Frankie Elliott’s third the score stood at 6-1.
Post half time, Rachel Ward achieved her second from an assist by Jasmine Scott who was instrumental in midfield to set up many of the goals for the forwards to hammer home the advantage.
A further 2 goals from Evie Wilson gave our second hat trick and Alice Please and Katie Underwood with their goals made the final score 12-1.
The score doesn’t reflect the stalwart effort by a lively Bridgwater attack and the part played by an ice cool SOHC defence who kept them in check.
Report by Suzanne Thorpe
Sat 17th Sep 2016 – Men’s Friendly: ECV Hornets B/C 4 – 2 SOHC D
In their first friendly of the season, the 5ths took on Hornets at St James’, Exeter. Team selection saw two father and sons’ combos which, would have been x3, if Josh Miller hadn’t cried off injured on the day. With six juniors less than 15 years and of these two playing their first senior game, it was always going to be a tough ask. Nevertheless, the team played some great hockey and had several short corners and couple of clear chances early on. Hornets led 3-0 at half time from breakaways with the ball being lost in the opposition half and team committed a little too high. Nick Smale in goal and the defence did well to repel a number of efforts.
The second half was a significant improvement. Ball retention was better, as was the team’s passing and movement. The team started to win more of the 50:50s and as a result pressure mounted on the Hornets’ goal. Treeve Harris, playing his first senior game, scored both our goals – the first from open play and the second, a cooly taken flick following the keeper’s save at a short corner. In between, Hornets scored their 4th from another breakaway.
As both teams tired, the number of chances increased. We had several short corners and some close efforts. Hornets’ squandered a clear chance near the end, in a moment of pure showboating, blasting the ball against the crossbar only to see it deflect back into play.
We were happy with the result and look forward to a rematch, knowing that in 3-4 months’ time most of the team will have grown a couple of inches and will be more experienced and capable.
Smale, Dudding, Miller W, Dockers, Scott, Harris S, Harris T, Rudolph E, Rudolph G, Lefebvre S, Hart, Ellison S, Harrison.
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