Premier Division 1
A WELL-WORKED goal from Hannah Jones 10 minutes from time was not quite enough to give Exe seconds a result against Cheltenham.
The home team dominated for most of the game, with goals at the start of each half, but Exe stuck to their task and gave themselves a chance with the goal towards the end.
There were some last-ditch tackles from several players and great saves from Becky Smith, with sweeper Sian Williams awarded man of the match and strong performances by Rosie Barrett and Emma Dupain.
Isca stunned Barnes with a 15-minute blitz of five goals and a hat-trick from Taryn Beuthin.
Claire Thomas scored first, diving to reverse-stick deflect the ball over the keeper before she added a second.
Beuthin soon added her second following Tam Pascoe and Thomas' neat work along the baseline.
Isca then scored from a short corner, with Kate Drysdale on the post. Zoe Burrell then set Thomas up for the fifth.
While Isca were capitalising on their possession, Barnes had their chances, but goalkeeper Polly Salter dealt with them well, and Beuthin claimed her hat-trick for the sixth.
Isca welcome fifth-placed Swansea to the University of Exeter Sports Park on Sunday (12.30pm).
West Premier 1
A shaky start from Isca saw Ffion Barham called into action early, making some good saves in goal.
Charlie Bowman scored a penalty corner, had one judged too high but then scored again from the next one.
Marjons got one back from a penalty corner but Isca started dominating play with some good passing hockey.
A great throughball led to Lorel Wallis slotting calmly past the keeper, before Isca added fourth when skipper Izzy Gingell forced an own goal.
A fifth was added with a cross from Gingell, which was hit home by Hattie Robinson.
West Premier 2
It was a frustrating game for Isca, who went 1-0 up in the first half with a goal from Ellie Creed after a great set up by Georgie Taylor.
A break from Taunton led to their equaliser, going into half time at 1-1. Isca dominated the second half and should have converted some of their chances, but the Vale keeper managed to keep them out.
Isca produced a much-improved performance with a settled showing. The team's shape and positioning led to some great passing play which provided some probing passes forward for Sally Hammond to exploit.
A beautiful touch by Charlie Silver saw the best goal of the match, and a fine performance by all has built confidence for the next two weeks of tough matches.
Isca came out on top in a hard-fought game, with the Torbay goalkeeper playing superbly.
Isca scored first through Claire Moylen but Torbay fought back to level.
Isca started the second half with more determination and bagged four more, and it could have been more but for superb goalkeeping.
Isca's unbeaten run was extended to seven games in the Premiership clash against title rivals Robinsons of Bristol, and they now lead the table by five points.
The scoreline did not reflect the quality of hockey on show, with Isca producing some of their best of the campaign.
Their best chance fell to Jon Wright, who rounded the keeper but was unable to find the target from a tricky angle.
The Robinsons keeper also made a number of saves from both Tom Whitworth and captain Simon Tremlett, who earned the man of the match award in defence.
South East 1
Isca went out to prove a point and dominated from the start but failed to convert their chances.
Sidmouth went a goal up against the run of play, but Isca levelled through an own goal.
Despite further chances, Isca failed to capitalise, with Ben Fallon and Barney Sawyer being named men of the match.
A fantastic and energetic start to this game saw SOHC dominate for 15 minutes before Taunton Vale fired themselves into the lead with a powerful shot past keeper Mark Moore.
Will Gallantree spurned a gilt-edged chance to equalise on half-time, before Tom Down turned in a penetrating Chris Bishop run and cross to level on 37 minutes.
Taunton upped their game and two own goals from Jon Dutton saw SOHC 3-1 down and seemingly out of the game, but they did manage a consolation goal from Ade Brooker.
South East 2
Isca D went down in their top-of-the-table clash with Mid Somerset A.
Excellent work from newcomer Ross Murphy saw him set up Adam Tremlett and then Chris Bennet to give Isca an early 2-0 lead.
Parr made several outstanding saves before Mid Somerset scored and Isca had a man sent off. Mid Somerset scored two quick goals for a 3-2 lead, before pulling away with two more late on.
East Devon ground out another win, but again were lucky as they never hit their stride.
East Devon had a short corner strike from Robin Fern disallowed. The second half did improve a little, but despite Dave Haines smashing a reverse stick shot which may have crossed the line, East Devon still had to endure a nervous last five minutes as Marjons pushed for an equaliser, forcing a great save from keeper Ash Wannacott on the final whistle.