North Somerset enjoy league victory and cup success
PUBLISHED: 14:44 11 December 2018
North Somerset men’s 1st XI enjoyed a successful weekend, with victory in the league and a win in the quarter-finals of the cup.
North Somerset Hockey Club took part in several games played over both days of the weekend in some variable weather conditions.
First up on Saturday was an early start for the Ladies 2nd XI as the away side against Nailsea, playing at Gordano.
The game was fairly even in the first half with lots of movement around the pitch, but unfortunately Nailsea managed to score just before half time.
The second half started with a bang as Nailsea scored again, before North pulled one back through Jo Withers.
Nailsea scored another to go 4-1 up, but Withers netted another goal from close range to have a final score of 4-2 to Nailsea.
The men’s 1st XI travelled to Exeter to face ISCA B in the final league game of the year at a rain-drenched Exeter University.
The game started well for North, adapting to the water-based pitch nicely and stroking the ball around the back and into midfield well.
ISCA changed their tactics and pushed a third forward high in an attempt to rattle North, but with Darshane Theara sitting deep, it opened space higher up the field for the industrious Scott Voisey and George Priestner to craft opportunities for Lewis Francuz and Charlie Mott.
Midway through the half, Voisey’s mazy dribble saw him fire home high across the keeper and into the back of the net to get North rolling.
Sitting back after the goal, the lead didn’t last long. ISCA picked the ball up in midfield and danced through several weak challenges and beat the despairing dive of Steve Proctor.
North came out of the traps with renewed vigour and some lovely interchanges in midfield saw the ball drop to captain Francuz in the D, who fired low into the bottom corner.
After the break, ISCA pulled a goal back to make it 2-2. A robust challenge by Daniel Ball saw a yellow card and a trip to the sin bin.
A fine save by Proctor kept North in the game and eventually Voisey came up with the winning goal to bring back the three points.
Hughes Carpentry man of the match was Scott Voisey.
The men’s 2nd XI took on bottom of the table Firebrands D at home, running out 4-2 winners.
Against the early play, Firebrands scored the first goal and spurred North into action. Soon after, Harry Croker equalised with a calm finish, before Callum Black put North into the lead with a penalty flick.
The second half saw North extend their lead when Chris Welsh netted after good work by Croker and Sam Down.
Firebrands hit back with a goal and also had one disallowed. Black then showed why he earned the man of the match award as he went on a solo run before firing home a low shot across the keeper for a final score of 4-2.
The men’s 3rd XI knew it was going to be a tough day at the office when their goalkeeper fell ill 15 minutes before push back.
With just 10 players, up stepped spectator and member Charlie Colling to take his place against Bristol & West.
With 11 outfield players and no keeper, the first 15 minutes were even before Bristol converted a short corner. North came back stronly and good play resulted in a short corner.
The keeper saved the first shot, but Jack Colling converted the rebound for his first senior goal. Bristol and West scored two more before half time to restore their lead.
North came out stronly in the second half and kept Bristol and West down to scoring only another two goals.
North Somerset were back in action on Sunday with their second game in 24 hours in a cup match against Bath Buccaneers at Gordano School.
North instantly got into their stride zipping the ball around confidently with Lee Chambers and Daniel Ball able to pick decisive passes from the back.
The home side did not have to wait long to open the scoring, after winning a short corner, reliable set piece specialist Darshane Theara fired the ball home.
Minutes later it was 2-0 to North, Scott Voisey was on hand to slot home from yet another well-crafted move into Bath territory.
A badly timed tackle saw left-back Rich Pugsley make his way to the sin bin, but North were able to regroup during this period and he was soon back into the action.
Bath won a succession of short corners and the pressure finally told as a well-worked routine was fired home.
The second half started at a frantic pace, patient play drew some smart saves from the visiting keeper from Lewis Francuz, Scott Voisey and Charlie Mott.
The third goal for North was a result of some excellent vision from Theara, an aerial pass from the top of his own D saw Francuz beat the keeper.
Francuz again came up with the goods minutes later, slapping home a fine finish on his open side to put the scoreline at 4-1.
A robust challenge in the D from Daniel Ball saw him receive his customary card of the game and from the resultant short corner, Bath scored to make it 4-2. From the restart, Bath scored quickly to make it 4-3.
A Bath short corner was initially saved by Steve Proctor, but the rebound was snapped up by Bath to make it 4-4.
With normal time over, the tie moved straight to penalty flicks, five players from each side were chosen to decide the outcome. North scorers were Chambers, Voisey, Francuz and Ball. Bath missed their fifth flick seeing the completion move to sudden death.
Chambers confidently sent the ball high into the net, while the Bath strike was saved by Steve Proctor to take North into the semi-finals.
Hughes Carpentry man of the match was debutant Toby Cox.