Hockey: North Somerset make point in Exeter University test
PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 January 2019
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North Somerset's men battled to a hard-earned point at Exeter University B in Conference South.
They travelled south without the unavailable Charlie Dangerfield and were pressed into some uncharacteristic mistakes early on.
Exeter had most of the possession, but North worked tirelessly to try and get a foothold in the game, with Charlie Mott and Lewis Francuz defending from the front.
Scott Voisey, Darshane Theara and George Priestner tried to stem the tide through midfield, with Steve Proctor saving a fierce reverse stick shot.
Patt Tanner’s brave dive into a melee of sticks in the D averted more danger but North received warnings for time wasting, before Proctor made another save from a quick Exeter advantage.
Lee Chambers marshalled the defence well, as Daniel Ball and Brad Krone worked hard to keep Exeter at bay.
And the visitors sent on fresh legs in Matt Mills and Rich Pugsley, before creating a couple of half chances.
Hughes Carpentry man of the match Proctor and Chambers kept out Exeter short corners before the break, but North made a good start to the second half with Krone now in a midfield role.
James Mosley made inroads on the right, linking well with Tanner, and North broke the deadlock when Priestner dived in at the back post to poke home a hard cross from the left.
Exeter hit back in similar fashion, though, with a far post tap in of their own, but a string of corners were well defended by North, who lost Ball to a green card.
The home side regained the lead from a corner and North lost Theara and Tanner to yellow cards, reducing them to nine men.
But they were back on terms despite the numerical disadvantage when Mills fired a drag flick from a corner high into the net.
Theara and Ball returned, but Mosley was then binned and North had to produce more stout defending, with a diving Chambers deflecting an Exeter ball wide.
The 2-2 draw leaves North third in the table, five points behind Exeter and eight adrift of leaders Isca, with Teignmouth visiting on Saturday before a cup semi-final against Weston on Sunday.