North Somerset men hit nine goals in emphatic display

PUBLISHED: 17:28 13 November 2018

North Somerset Hockey Club ladies.

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North Somerset men’s first team enjoyed an emphatic win over Duchy, netting nine times at Gordano School.

North Somerset men’s first team entertained Duchy at a rain-soaked Gordano School.

The squad was boosted with the return of Dan Ball, George Preistner and Brad Krone, with coach MacBlain taking his place in the dugout.

North started the game with the lion’s share of possession against the 10 men of Duchy and a number of slick passing moves saw early opportunities for the frontline carved out.

The scoring was opened with a well-worked short corner routine with Scott Voisey netting. Two more goals were scored before half time to keep the home side on track for a home win.

After the break, North continued to press hard and used their numerical advantage and rolling subs to keep everyone fresh. Three short corners were scored when Darshane Theara put the ball to captain Lewis Francuz to slot home.

Duchy scored two late goals but these had no bearing on the result aside from spoiling the clean sheet.

A good afternoon with three points and nine goals scored for North, Francuz (4), Voisey (2), Charlie Mott, Ball and Priestner.

Hughes Carpentry man of the match: Darshane Theara.

North Somerset Ladies 1st XI started strongly against Frome with Rebecca Tedford scoring an early goal. North soon went two goals up through Michelle Harrold and scored again through Wallis Jozefowicz.

After the break, pressure from the forwards resulted in Frome conceding a penalty stroke which Luna converted. Frome’s defence were stretched and another goal-line save by a foot gave North another penalty flick, Luna again converted.

With minutes to go, North continued to press with Charlotte Millington driving down the wing and player of the match Helen Graham overlapping to give North their final goal.

The Ladies 2nd XI lost their 100 per cent record away to a strong Knowle side, who came out all guns blazing and put North off their game.

Knowle managed to keep up their average goal tally of eight per game, but North managed to get one back through Molly Wyatt, but this was merely a consolation. Rachel Howarth was the player of the match.

North Somerset Men’s 2nd XI were defeated 4-1 by Firebrands.

North had good possession in the first half creating some good chances, but unfortunately could not finish them off. Brands caught North on the break a couple of times snatching two goals before half time.

After the break, Rob O’Neill showed his athleticism with some cracking saves to keep North in the game and a change in formation saw Adam Howard pull a goal back.

North continued to create chances with Tom Broome and Toby Cox pulling the strings, but again were caught on the break as Brands pinched a third. Brands sealed their win snatching a fourth with five minutes to go.

Man of the match went to Toby Cox.

The men’s 3rd XI faced a Bridgwater B team, who were top of the league, but the game had to be abandoned due to floodlight failure.

North had a decent warm-up and initial team talk from Jon Venn as captain and their pressure worked well, the front two of Colin Ainsworth and Steve Puttergill in good form.

Bridgwater’s keeper was in fine form, making about five saves within the first 15 minutes, including when Shaun Huxham rounded him and shot from a tight angle. Unfortunately that was as good as it got, because the floodlights failed to work and the match had to be abandoned due to bad light.

The Under-12s took part in a tournament at Yate, with Josh, Josh, Molly, Meghan, Charlie, Harry, Alec, Annabella, Neve and Harry all involved

Against Nailsea, the opposition scored a couple of good goals, before pulling one back through Josh.

In the second game against Yate, the hosts proved to be a well-organised side and moved the ball very well with clinical passing.

Yate played sensibly to try to win short corners causing them to run out as 3-0 winners, but the North defence did well not to concede from any of the short corners.

Against Firebrands, North Somerset took a little while to adapt their positions, but were able to counter. Josh A rounded the keeper, used a reverse flick and hit the post with the ball rolling along the line without going in. Firebrands went on to win 3-0.

The match against Weston was the most even and North scored through after some neat passing and a first time shot from Josh A.

Weston hit back on the break, but North rallied and had shots from all the midfielders and attackers saved by an in-form Weston keeper, only Josh L managing to score.

Weston broke away again in the last few moments of the game and had a shot deflected past an unlucky Molly in goal to leave the match a 2-2 draw.

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