Brilliant team effort
PUBLISHED: 16:43 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:55 15 June 2010
A home game at Ottery for Honiton Hornets was not going to be easy. Dart 2nds lie one position (4th) below the Hornets (3rd) in the league and the last time the two teams met Dart won 6-1. The pace of the first half started fast and did not ease up.
A home game at Ottery for Honiton Hornets was not going to be easy. Dart 2nds lie one position (4th) below the Hornets (3rd) in the league and the last time the two teams met Dart won 6-1.
The pace of the first half started fast and did not ease up. Play went from end to end with both teams attacking and defending hard.
Both teams were awarded penalty corners but neither could capitalise on the opportunities.
Dart seemed fit and strong, often intercepting the Hornets' passes. At half time, the Hornets, pleased with the half time score, feared that the second half may be a different game.
With great support on the sideline, the Hornets were straight into action.
It took just three minutes for them to pass the ball into the shooting D and, with the goalie off her line, Julie Tucker hit an accurate and strong ball direct into the goal.
This seemed a key goal for the Hornets. With spirits lifted, the Hornets continued to keep possession and, with some close defensive marking by centre back Hayley Lambert, Honiton kept on top of Dart's attempts at goal.
Jackie Pinn hit some great balls up the length of the pitch, keeping play in the Hornets' attacking half. Amy Phillips had a great strike for the Hornets but was denied a goal by the skilful Dart keeper.
Sophie George scored the Hornets' second and third goals in quick succession from two excellent passes, one from Jean Herniman, the other from Amy.
Dart were awarded a string of long and short corners but an energetic left defender, Nicky Reed, and skilful goalkeeper Sue Stone, aided by Jackie and the midfield players who were all back to help defend.
The final whistle blew and jubilant Hornets had won 3-0 with an excellent team display. Some very good umpiring also contributed to this enjoyable game. Player of the match was Nicky Reed. Practices continue indoor at Clyst St Mary, 7-8pm. All welcome.
By Nicky Reed
Honiton Hornets Hockey
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