North Somerset defeat league leaders to take the points
PUBLISHED: 16:32 30 October 2018
North Somerset defeated top of the table Isca A at home to collect all the points.
North Somerset 2
Isca A 0
North Somerset men’s first team faced top of the league Isca A at home and collected all the points.
Coach Martin had clearly given his orders as NS started the game with the defenders tracking the Isca forwards closely. It certainly seemed to be working as their only chance came from a ball that broke free during a two-man break and a shot rattled Steve Proctor’s post from a tight angle.
The teams traded short corners until NS had a break causing a bit of a melee in the Isca D hitting a couple of defending feet, but the umpires allowed advantage and Lewis Francuz managed to put the ball in from close range.
Martin gave his instructions again at the break and the good play continued with NS effectively shutting down Isca’s movement.
A short corner saw Patt Tanner stop the ball for Scott Voisey to put a drag flick just inside the post and the net bulged to make it 2-0.
Isca had one shot saved from the top of the D and as with the first half, Charlie Dangerfield was out quickly to prevent Isca’s short corners.
NS came out with a deserved 2-0 win and Scott Voisey was voted as the Hughes Carpentry man of the match.
The seconds were away to Old Bristolians and returned with a deserved draw.
The home side started well and got the opening goal, which appeared to be from outside the D, but was allowed.
OBs attacked again and won a short corner which was liftedand caught Fraser Black on the hand, forcing him off for attention and soon after Harry Croker put his forehead in the way of a ball and was out of the game.
NS managed not to let the injuries affect them, with some neat passing allowing Callum Black to get some revenge for his dad’s injury by scoring the equaliser.
The second half was just as even with some good saves from Rob O’Neill in the NS goal and pressure from their own forwards.
Chris Welsh pulled a hamstring and had to stop and Fraser Black caught a ball in the face, also putting him out of the game. NS battled well with 10 men for the remainder of the game and deserved the 1-1 draw.
Tom Broome was the man of the match for the second week in a row.
The third team hosted Somerset Gryphons, who were yet to earn a point this season, but succumbed to a 3-2 defeat.
Gryphons were solid in defence and NS found it difficult to get into their D. The visitors took the lead from a short corner, scored by a former NS player to put past Rob Orton.
Gryphons got another break and their lone player in the D deflected a long hit past Rob for their second.
After the break, Gryphons scored again in much the same way as their second to stretch their lead. NS pulled a goal back by captain Phil Toomey.
Another attack saw Jack Colling beat several players before exchanging passes with Steve Puttergill and putting the ball in the back of the net to make it 3-2 and make an exciting end.
NS earned a penalty flick after good work by Dan Dudley, but Toomey failed to convert, ending the match with a 3-2 defeat.
The ladies had a week off as the league halted for half-term.
Should you wish to get into hockey or join North Somerset Hockey Club, please visit www.northsomersethockeyclub.co.uk or come to training on a Tuesday night at Gordano School Astro in Portishead. Ladies from 6.30pm and men from 8pm.