North Devon Hockey Club first team continued their excellent form with a 2-1 victory over a spirited University of Exeter team, to leave them just twoÂ points behind league leaders Okehampton.Â Â
Ash Thorne interceptedÂ an earlyÂ wayward clearanceÂ to releaseÂ Guy Cockcroft, whoÂ calmly slotted home to add to his tally of 11 goals inÂ fiveÂ matches since returning from injury.Â Â Â
Moments of brilliance in the form of a goal line flick save by Man of the Match Michael Cuthbertson, and a terrific aerial interception by Ben Cox, couldnâ€™t make up for the weary legs, and the Uni side were able to snatch an equaliser.Â Â
Far from capitulating, North Devon were galvanised by this, andÂ the winner arrived afterÂ quick thinking and sharp passing from Cockcroft, who managed to slide the ball through to Thorne to deflectÂ into the net.Â Â
North Devon 2ndsÂ maintained their 100% record with a hard-fought 3-0 win over Sidmouth and Ottery 4ths.Â
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