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North Devon six points clear in Davis Wood Hockey League

By NDJAndrew  |  Posted: December 10, 2013

North Devon six points clear in Davis Wood Hockey League
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North Devon go into the Christmas break six points clear at the top of the Davis Wood League Southern One table.

The Reds marked the halfway point of the season with a 4-2 win over Sidmouth and Ottery, having come back from 2-0 down in the final 13 minutes.

The win maintained their 100% home record and, as long as not too many mince pies pass through their hands during the winter break, they will be on course for promotion when the league season resumes on January 18.

North Devon's minds already seemed to be on Christmas during the first half on Saturday. Sidmouth, in ninth place, came out of the blocks quickly, winning the 50-50s and looking the better side.

They got their reward with two goals in the space of 15 minutes. 

When North Devon did manage to attack, the Sidmouth goalkeeper stopped in-form Pete Smale three times.

Having been overrun in midfield, captain Jay Hall switched to a 4-5-1 formation for the second half and they started strongly but still found the visitors' keeper in fine form.

However, a crazy two minutes saw Guy Cockcroft pull a goal back, then Smale level the scores.

The Sidmouth keeper lost his temper with his defenders and was sin-binned for the final eight minutes after throwing his stick.

North Devon saw their opportunity and Smale was soon put through to coolly slot home. Soon after, Cockcroft struck well to make the points safe.

North Devon A lost 4-1 away to South East Two leaders Taunton Civil Service.

Despite playing some good hockey, they were unable to stop Taunton scoring three goals early in the first half before pulling one back just before the break with a superb effort from Dave Orr. 

North Devon came out with a more determined approach in the second half and managed to peg back Taunton who only managed one additional goal.

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