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Spirited Exe unable to hold on in away defeat

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

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Premier Division 1

EXE were unable to defend a slender half-time lead as they crashed to defeat at Cheltenham.

The first half started well for Exe, with Laura Allen and Clare Whitworth going close before Ali Kerridge put them ahead from a short corner.

Exe knew they had to hold possession in the second half, but Cheltenham turned on the pace, which lead to a goal to make it 1-1.

A controversial yellow card put Exe down to 10 players before the hosts ran away with it.

Two early goals from Bournemouth left Exe with it all to do, but they produced a spirited fightback before slipping to defeat.

Bournemouth were 2-0 up after 25 minutes, before Bridie Marlow's calm reverse-stick finish halved the deficit.

The second half saw the visitors go 3-1 up before man-of-the-match Marlow again reduced arrears, only for Bournemouth to seal it late on.

West Premier 2

Isca were unable to leave Clifton with maximum points, despite Nikki Hutchings giving them a second-half lead.

Both keepers were called into action in an evenly-matched first half, with Isca's Ffion Barham scooping the player-of-the-match award with her fine display.

Hutchings then scored and Isca should have had more as they missed a number of chances.

Isca then conceded an equaliser as they pushed up, but a draw still represented a decent result for the Devon side.

Petroc Division 2

After recovering from a particularly sluggish start, Isca went on to record an emphatic victory over Ashmoor thanks to Jo Burrington's hat-trick.

The visitors were stubborn and well-organised, and it took a fine passing move for Burrington to notch her first of the match.

The same player then had the final touch on a shot to make it 2-0, before sealing her treble just before the break.

Winger Sophie Bailey won the player-of-the-match gong after an energetic performance down the flank as Isca could and should have added to their tally.

Ashmoor managed to pull one back late on as they launced a number of good attacks, but it was little more than a consolation as Isca secured three deserved points.

A lethargic first-half performance saw Exe play out a draw with Dart.

It was obvious the girls had not played for a few weeks such was the lack of energy and cohesion on display from both sides.

Both teams woke up after the break and, following a team talk and a couple of changes, Exe played with a renewed focus.

In an evenly-matched half, both sides failed to score on penalty corner opportunities as they went on the hunt for the victory.

But it was to no avail as they played out an almost inevitable draw.

friendlies

A mixed Isca third and fourth team secured a narrow win over a combined Teign first and second team.

Sally Hammond scored the first with a reverse stick hit, before Jodie Atkins added a second.

Premiership

ECV Hornets played out a hard, physical and entertaining draw against Swindon.

Swindon surged ahead, only for Callum Pink to level matters with his first ever goal for the club.

The visitors struck again, only for Hornets to once more pull level – this time through Dave Fasey's stunning drag flick.

Hornets – who saw a number of yellow cards in the match – eventually managed to take the lead through another Fasey goal, only to see three points turn to one with a Swindon equaliser to bring an entertaining match to an end.

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