Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Newton Abbott 3, Honiton Hornets 2
Honiton, with a number of regulars missing were edged out in a valiant attempt to register their first Petroc One win of the season, writes Sophie George.
Hornets started well and opened the scoring after some slick passing play with Jennie Smith, Lucy Le Cocq, Lydia Cox and Vanessa Trude all involved in the build-up prior to Sophie George slotting home.
The hosts equalised shortly after following a skilful run from one of their midfield players.
Hornets responded well and regained the lead when Lydia Cox received the ball just inside the 25-yard line and found George inside the top of the circle. George’s route to goal was blocked, but she responded to a call from Becky Hammett, slid the ball to her and Hammett applied the finish, that her first Honiton league goal.
After the break the hosts came back strongly, but Hornets looked equal to the task with Lorraine Ritchie impressing at the back, making crucial tackles as did Vicky Morris and Sami Williams. When the defenders were breached Sue Stone made a number of fine saves, but the pressure built and built and the home side netted twice more to secure the points. There’s no doubt the Hornets game is improving each week in this higher league and there were great performances across the pitch in this encounter. Hopefully a win isn’t too far away. Player of the match was Lydia Cox with Lorraine Ritchie a close second.