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Title-chasing North Devon need a favour in hockey league

By NDJAndrew  |  Posted: March 25, 2014

Sam Witheridge was man of the match for North Devon in their 10-0 win

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North Devon finish their promotion-winning Davis Wood League season on Saturday needing a favour from Penzance if they are to win the Southern One title.

Sitting two points behind leaders Truro A, North Devon can only win at Sidmouth and Ottery and hope Penzance at least draw with their fellow Cornishmen.

North Devon will finish the season with an unbeaten home record after beating Plympton Grammar School Old Boys 10-0 at the Park Community School, Barnstaple.

They dominated from the start and scored through Pete Smale (four), Guy Cockcroft (two), Ash Thorne, Sam Witheridge, Jay Hall and Jay Corden.

Witheridge picked up the man of the match award after causing PGSOB problems down the right wing throughout the game.

North Devon have won 10 of their 11 home games, drawing the other, and have scored 69 goals.

North Devon A won 3-0 away to Taunton Vale D to lead the race for second place in South East Two going into the final lap.

Second-placed North Devon finish the season with a home game against unbeaten champions Taunton Civil Service.

They need to match or better the result third-placed East Devon B get at Bridgwater B, who are fourth.

North Devon grew into the game at Taunton Vale. They were rewarded for their hard work with a goal midway through the first half from Simon Allen at a short corner.

In the second half, captain Trevor Hubble scored with a deflected shot from open play.

His side were unlucky not to score from a good shot by debutant Gus Napier, while Allen twice hit the bar.

The third goal came 10 minutes from the end when Allan scored again from a short corner.

The visitors’ defence held firm, helped by a superb performance in goal from man of the match Dave Foster.

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