Hornets’ fantastic five

PUBLISHED: 16:04 08 February 2012

Sidmouth 2nds Vs Honiton ladies hockey. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhsp 2124-06-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Sidmouth 2nds Vs Honiton ladies hockey. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhsp 2124-06-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Sidmouth 2nds 1, Honiton Hornets 5

Honiton were away to Sidmouth this weekend and, with Sidmouth lying fairly low in the table, they were keen to ensure a victory, writes Sophie George.

However, both teams had to start the game with only nine players as the weather caused travel delays for some players.

With Sidmouth's final players arriving first, Honiton had to work hard to keep the ball in their possession and stop Sidmouth taking the advantage of extra numbers.

Vanessa Trude was first to arrive and her first pass of the match put Sophie George into space behind the Sidmouth defence where she could run into the Sidmouth circle and score with her first strike.

With a full team in place for both teams, Amy Phillips, Becky Hammett and Lucy Le Cocq took control of the midfield and made some great hits across the circle to the waiting attackers. Trude took one of these very well and slotted the ball stylishly into the left of the goal. In the second half Sidmouth scored one goal through a very well worked series of passes, however the majority of attacks on the Honiton goal were dealt with well by the Honiton defence of Sue Stone, Kathryn Empson, Emily Gawler and, in particular, Vicky Morris who had a great game at right back.

Honiton were somewhat frustrated by the amount of chances they had on goal that they weren't able to capitalise on but did still manage to score three more in the second half.

Dawn Mayo scored two goals following up on a great run and follow up strike from Jean Herniman and a short corner strike from Phillips. The final goal came when Trude took the ball along the back line and pulled it neatly back to George who was waiting to push the ball wide of the keeper and into the right hand side of the goal.

Once again a great team effort with some excellent passing play from all of the players on what was a very cold day.

Player of the Match was Becky Hammett.


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