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Ten out of ten for Taw Valley in West Clubs Women's Hockey League

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

By Andrew Jones

  • WINNING RUN: Taw's Kate Openshaw turns past an opponent. Pictures: Mike Southon. To order this photo call 0844 4060 269 and quote Ref: BNMS20130126B-008_C

  • HAT-TRICK: Jo Yeaxlee-Batch. Ref: BNMS20130126B-007_C

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TAW VALLEY'S captain has given her team ten out of ten for continuing their charge to promotion.

Harriet Chambers, Charlotte Beauchamp and Jo Yeaxlee-Batch all scored hat-tricks in an 11-0 win over Exeter and Culm Vale Hornets (ECVH) II on Saturday.

It kept Taw six points clear at the top of the West Clubs Women's League Sedgemoor first division.

They have won all ten of their games so far, scoring 77 goals and conceding just two.

It is a record captain Nell Trotter, described as "phenomenal".

"Our worst result is a 2-0 victory," said the 26-year-old left back. "It's absolutely remarkable, incredible.

"We were hoping to win because we came third in the table last season and wanted to really go for it again.

"The surprise has come from the actual scorelines."

Taw Valley dominated possession in Saturday's match at the Park School, Barnstaple, and were quick to close down the few breaks ECVH were able to make.

By half time the score was 6-0 to Taw with three goals each from Chambers and Beauchamp.

Yeaxlee-Batch continued the scoring in the second half with her own hat-trick.

Helen Johnson and Rhona Screech completed the tally with a goal each.

Sarah Thomas was named player of the match after creating several opportunities for the forwards and giving strong support to the defence, but, for Trotter, Taw's success is all about teamwork.

"We have the luxury of a squad of 14 to 16 players who are regularly at training and available every weekend," said Trotter, who is in her third season at Taw and second as captain.

"We are training together, gelling as a team and have reached such a consistent standard.

"There is no one person I could pick out as our top player, everybody has their own role on the pitch.

"The defence support the mid-line and the wings use the width to allow the forwards to do their job and score the goals.

"Our youngest players are 15 and we have Gill Hevingham and Barbara Thomas who are in their fifties, but everybody gets on – age is left on the side of the pitch."

Having beaten Okehampton, from the south division, 4-2 in a friendly earlier this month, Taw Valley are confident they could cope with promotion.

Next in their sights is a trip to fourth-placed Weston-super-Mare on Saturday.

"Our aims are to keep the 100 per cent record and get a goal difference of 100-plus," said Trotter.

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