North Somerset are on cloud nine after leaving Shepton Mallet rivals well hammered

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 January 2019

Captain Lewis Francuz scores for North Somerset

Captain Lewis Francuz scores for North Somerset

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North Somerset gained revenge on Shepton Mallet with a convincing victory in their first home game of 2019.

After a painful 7-3 loss in their earlier meeting, North had Brad Krone back in their squad and showed intent from the start.

Charlie Mott won an early short corner for Darshane Theara to slot a low flick past the keeper and it was 2-0 when quick passing led to Mott firing home.

Captain Lewis Francuz finished off a nice move for the third, but Shepton hit back from a corner as a low flick beat Steve Proctor and Patt Tanner.

After a turnover, Shepton sent a long ball to the D, where their forward wrongfooted Daniel Ball and fired into the corner.

And the visitors drew level from another well-worked short corner routine, but North dug deep as Charlie Dangerfield, Ball, Lee Chambers and Tanner moved the ball with speed at the back.

Tanner linked up well with James Mosley and Mott, as George Priestner, Scott Voisey and Theara increased pressure in midfield, and Matt Mills forced a fantastic save from the Shepton keeper, before Theara fired a corner home to restore their lead.

Mills poked in a fifth after the restart but received a green card after reacting to a poor tackle, as the Shepton player saw yellow.

Theara completed his hat-trick with a carbon-copy short corner finish and Mott made it 7-3 to cap a mature, hard-working display.

Tanner took the next green card, followed by Chambers, but nine-man North kept Shepton at bay and then saw their rivals hit by successive green cards.

Francuz fired his second and North’s eighth, with Hughes Carpentry man of the match Theara claiming his fourth late on to seal a resounding 9-3 win that leaves North in third place in Conference South, with a trip to Exeter University on Saturday.

The tables were turned in the second-team meeting between the clubs, as Shepton won 5-3.

Chances were at a premium in a goalless first half, but North opened the scoring as Harry Coker bagged a quick brace after the restart.

Shepton converted two short corners to level, before man of the match Coker completed his hat-trick with a fine finish.

Graham Feboul and Sam Down were then shown green cards, reducing North to nine men, and Shepton took advantage to claim the points.

North will hope to bounce back when they host second-placed Westbury this weekend.

The thirds battled to a 2-2 draw with Keynsham, who took the lead from an early short corner and doubled their advantage in similar fashion.

Steve Geary made a number of fine saves to deny them further goals before the break and a positive team talk sent North back out in good spirits.

After a relatively low pass completion rate in the first half, North controlled the ball better and slowed down play to ensure passes found their man.

They spurned a few chances before Keynsham won a penalty flick, but Geary, playing only his second game in goal, made a great stick save to his right to keep it at 2-0 – and pip Callum Black to the man of the match award.

North hit back when Black went on a mazy run to beat several players to reach the backline, then set up Phil Toomey by the penalty spot to score.

And Black went on another run from halfway and, as soon as he entered the D, fired high into the side netting for a fine equaliser.

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