Gryphons start the new year with victory

PUBLISHED: 12:47 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:47 16 January 2018

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club ladies action

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club ladies action

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Somerset Gryphons Ladies 1st XI started the new year with a 4-0 victory at Blandford & Sturminster Newton.

B&SN 0

Somerset Gryphons Ladies 1st XI 4

To start the second half of the season, Somerset Gryphons travelled away to Blandford and Sturminster Newton and secured a win to start off 2018 in the right way.

Despite the opponents being pointless so far in the league, Gryphons were adamant not to be complacent and got the ball rolling quickly with Lara Ford slotting away a clean reverse from Amy Homitzky’s assist.

Good possession and attacking play kept the pressure on the home side, soon forcing short corners to be awarded. This allowed Ford to get back on the scoreboard with a strong strike that deflected off the goalie high into the net.

After half-time, both teams fought hard for the all important third goal. B&SN admirably blocked two consecutive shots including one high off the line, but ultimately Gryphons came up with the goods.

Another short corner was awarded for foul play and a quick adjustment from stick stop to a straight strike, gave captain Becky Urch the goal.

To end the game on a high, Ford intercepted possession from a pressured back line and drove into the D to unleash a wonder-strike and complete her hat-trick.

Player of the match was Becky Urch for her tireless work in both defence and midfield.

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