Hockey: North Somerset men hit Shepton Mallet for six
PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 November 2019
North Somerset's men hit Shepton Mallet for six at Gordano School to record their eighth win of the Conference South season.
And their latest success leaves them 10 points clear at the top of the table as the mid-season break approaches.
Chris Tomlinson was inches away from converting Nathan Hancock's early cross, but Shepton beat Steve Proctor to open the scoring after skilful build-up play.
The visitors doubled their advantage minutes later, but North were bolstered by the late arrivalof Lee Chambers and Lewis Francuz, who were held up by the M5 closure.
Chambers picked out Scott Voisey and his reverse stick cross was tapped in by Tomlinson to halve the deficit.
And North drew level before half time when Chambers fired the ball into the D and Hancock produced a neat, deflected finish.
The home side were on top for most of the second half, keeping the ball for extended periods and pushign Shepton back.
Hancock used his pace and guile to cut the visitors open and North took the lead when Francuz deflected a hard Chambers pass into the net at waist height.
Francuz robbed a Shepton centre-back and found Charlie Mott, before converting the return pass to make it 4-2, and Mitch Francuz produced a superb goalline clearance at a short corner.
Hancock claimed his second goal with another deflection, but Voisey was denied by a stunning save and Patt Tanner hit a post.
North wrapped up their win as Hancock finished off a fine move to complete his first hat-trick for the club, but Chambers took the Hughes Carpentry man of the match award for his big impact.
The women's seconds beat Westberries fifths 3-1 after an end-to-end contest.
Jo Withers, Milli Bryant, Maddie Moutford, Maddie Welsh and Poppy Adams attacked well, supported by midfielders Claire Sheffield, Phoebe Gibson and Heidi Hutchings.
And Bryant opened the scoring in the first half, with Withers and Hutchings on target after the restart.
Amy Blenkinsopp, Jordaine Minchin, Lily Carling and Jane Bennett defended well in front of Helen Riddell, who was beaten a late Westberries consolation.