Hockey: North Somerset toppled by leaders ISCA
PUBLISHED: 16:30 12 February 2019
North Somerset's men had a tough day at the office as they suffered a 4-0 defeat at leaders Isca A.
Jon Venn was retained from the cup win over Weston, as James Mosley and Rich Pugsley also returned to a 12-man squad.
But Brad Krone, Matt Mills and Charlie Dangerfield were all unavailable and North were soon pinned back.
Patt Tanner was in the thick of the action as usual, with Daniel Ball shown a green card after conceding a short corner.
The hosts hit the post from the set-piece and struck the upright again soon after, before North scrambled the ball clear.
Lewis Francuz and Charlie Mott found chances at a premium at the other end, despite lots of willing running, with Francuz firing a reverse stick shot just wide.
Isca opened the scoring midway through the half, but North regrouped to ensure there were no further goals before the break.
The home side doubled their lead soon after the restart, though, with a shot through a crowded D and another deflected effort was saved by Proctor.
North could not cash in on a short corner and saw Venn block an Isca flick on the line, which led to a penalty that was successfully converted.
The visitors switched to a back three as they chased the game, with Isca’s keeper forced to make several saves to keep them at bay.
Proctor was also busy, but eventually beaten for a fourth time as North suffered a first defeat in 10 league games, since mid-October.
Venn took the Jon Hughes Carpentry man of the match award for North, who host Exeter C at Gordano School on Saturday and Teign in a rearranged match on Sunday.
Harry Croker hit a hat-trick as North Somerset A beat Old Bristolians B 4-1, with Callum Black also on target in a man-of-the-match display.
But North Somerset B were edged out 2-1 by Somerset Gryphons A, who took the lead with a well-worked short corner in the first half.
Man of the match Rob Orton and Graham Feboul defended well for North, but Gryphons got a second from a corner, before Phil Toomey set up Keith Lanham for a late reply.