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North Devon take their chances in Davis Wood Hockey League

By NDJAndrew  |  Posted: February 26, 2014

Jed Ash was on target for North Devon A in the Davis Wood Hockey League. Picture: Keith McClure

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North Devon took their chances to beat Bodmin in the Davis Wood Hockey League.

In a 7-1 win in Cornwall on Saturday, they scored their goals from just eight shots.

Travelling with 11 players, North Devon knew they could not afford to chase the ball for 70 minutes and set out to keep possession.

They gave themselves something to hold on to with two goals in the opening 10 minutes. Guy Cockcroft scored from the first short corner and then turned provider for Pete Smale to deflect past the keeper.

The North Devon defence then came under pressure and Bodmin eventually got a well-deserved goal from a short corner.

It seemed to stir the visitors into action and Cockcroft and Smale scored again to make it 4-1 at half time.

Three goals in the space of eight minutes by Sam Witheridge, man of the match Jay Corden and Smale finished the game off in the second half.

With second-placed Truro A winning 11-0 at home to Plympton Grammar School Old Boys A, North Devon remain one point clear at the top of the Southern One table with five games to go. They now have two home games in a row against Bude and Penzance.

North Devon A had a double header at home against Bridgwater B and Sidmouth and Ottery D in South East Two.

They never really got going against Bridgwater on Saturday and lost 6-1.

Despite putting in a great deal of effort, the match was littered with mistakes. The only high points were a goal by Jed Ash and a fine save by Simon Clements.

North Devon bounced back on Sunday and, while not consistently at their best, won 4-1.

From the start they played the ball around well and created chances, while the defence had the measure of Sidmouth.

An early goal by Jeremy Rowe settled North Devon’s nerves and he bagged a second soon after.

Captain Trevor Hubble swept in from a broken-down short corner to make it 3-0 at half time.

The second half was more even but a fourth goal came from an inch-perfect strike by Simon Allen.

Sidmouth scored a consolation but the win kept North Devon second in the table.

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