By George Honiton stay top Hockey Honiton Hornets
PUBLISHED: 16:47 05 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:47 05 March 2013
SOHC IV 1, Honiton Hornets 7
Honiton, needing a big winning margin to deny Isca top spot in the table, started well and scored in the opening exchanges when Katrina Tucker played a quick early ball behind the defence and Sophie George ran on to slot past the keeper.
The lead was doubled when Jean Herniman took the ball up the right wing and her cross fell to Vanessa Trude on the left post, who controlled it and slotted it home.
Buoyed by the two-goal cushion Honiton relaxed and served up a slick passing game which ensured the forwards received the ball early into the circle and were able to make best use of the space created.
Sophie George struck two more to complete a first half hat-trick with assists from Becky Bond and Becky Hammett. Dawn Mayo scored the fifth and final goal of the half. The hosts began the second period strongly, but again Honiton struck first when mayo cut the ball back for George to tuck away her fourth and Honiton’s sixth.
The final goal came from a home team short corner! The ball was cleared to Amy Phillips who released Katrina Tucker and she raced down the left before scoring with a powerful reveres stick shot.
Whilst the score suggests a one-side contest, it was most certainly not! Honiton’s defence of Sue Stone, Becky Bond, Vicky Morris, Sami Parke, Lorraine Ritchie and Kathryn Empson had to work very hard to keep the home team from scoring.
Morris made some excellent tackles and Sue Stone saved a penalty flick, before finally being beaten in the closing stages.
Player of the match was Honiton’s goal keeper Sue Stone although votes for most players reflect the effort made by everyone to secure such a good result
The win keeps Hornets top of the league with a goal difference of five over ISCA 5ths.
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