Honiton Hornets crowned champions of Petroc Division 2

PUBLISHED: 12:33 25 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:33 25 March 2013

The title winning Honiton Hornets team

The title winning Honiton Hornets team

Mike Gormley

Honiton Hornets 4, Ashmoor 1

Honiton Hornets were crowned Petroc 2 champions as they claimed a 21st victory in 22 league outings with another fine all-round performance, writes Sophie George.

Heading into the final game of the season Hornets knew that title rivals Isca had, on paper, an easier last outing and so had ever chance of making inroads into an eight goal difference that afforded Hornets the top spot!

Under the circumstances, Hornets made a nervy start to the game, but they settled into their usual confident selves and took the lead with Amy Phillips slotting a great ball through to Vanessa Trude to first control, then round a defender before slotting it into the bottom left hand corner of the Ashmoor net.

The visitors came back strongly and forced a number of short corners, but got little change out of impressive Hornets back line of Sami Parke, Lorraine Ritchie, Becky Bond and Vicky Morris in front of keeper Sue Stone.

At half-time news arrived that Isca were wining their game 2-0 so holding the lead was imperative for the day to end in celebrations!

After the break Hornets kept possession very well and, as a direct result of slick passing and good ball retention they bagged a quick-fire double.

The first came when Sophie George took a quick free hit and passed the ball wide to Becky Hammett who in turn fed Jean Herniman and it was her pass across the circle that ended with Trude shooting. The keeper managed to get a touch to the ball, but it fell to Dawn Mayo who thumped it home.

The second came for another great cross from the right following excellent inter-linking play from Jenny Smith, Amy Phillips and Katrina Tucker. Trude was again in the right place to slot the goal home. With Vicky Morris and Becky Bond combining well to break up Ashmoor counter-attacks with excellent tackling there was no way back for the visitors.

The final goal arrived in the closing stages when Trude received a superb ball from Herniman which she controlled and rifled home to seal a hat-trick.

Ashmoor struck a late consolation, but it did not dampen the celebrations that greeted the final whistle with Hornets crowned champions.

Not bad for the only team in the league with no home pitch and no local training facilities. Everyone played their part, but amongst the most notable performances were those of Amy Phillips and Becky Bond.

The Player of the Match award went to hat-trick star Vanessa Trude. Well done ladies!

Final league table;

Petroc Division 2

Honiton Hornets 22 21 0 1 114 12 63

Isca V 22 21 0 1 116 20 63

Ashmoor 21 12 4 5 61 28 40

Okehampton II 22 13 1 8 61 40 40

SOHC III 22 11 2 9 62 41 35

Dart II 22 10 3 9 37 38 33

SOHC IV 22 10 2 10 47 64 32

Exe IV 22 8 5 9 30 40 29

Teign III 22 6 2 14 27 72 20

White Eagles III** 21 4 2 15 18 74 11

Dart III 22 2 2 18 14 83 8

Torbay II** 22 1 1 20 19 94 1

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