North Devon 2nds enter Christmas top of the tree
- Credit: North Devon Hockey Club
North Devon Hockey Club 2nds consolidated their place at the top of the table after an excellent 6-0 victory over Ashmoor 4ths in Totnes
The North Devon side made the trip with the intention of securing a clean sweep of victories before the festive break, and that ambition never really seemed in doubt, despite the visitors arriving with the bare 11.
Having won several short corners, the early pressure finally made a difference, with Gerrie De Beer slipping the ball to Josh Thorne to slot home past the Ashmoor ‘keeper.
North Devon maintained their momentum with solid defending at the back from Simon Clements, Louis Hardy and Oscar Spear keeping the opposition at bay, and that protective platform ensured the visitors were again the next to strike.
A short corner strike from De Beer struck an Ashmoor foot on the line and a penalty flick was awarded. Thorne stepped up to score his second of the game on the stroke of half-time, confidently firing into the bottom left corner to give his side a 2-0 lead at the break.
North Devon came into the second half dictating the play and good pressure finally told with a counter-attacking goal scored by Fionn Toland.
North Devon were now playing with the freedom and confidence that comes from a three-goal advantage, and won several short corners, two of which were perfectly converted into the bottom corner by Man of the Match, Gerrie De Beer.
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A lovely flowing play and clinical pass from De Beer into the D allowed Bradley Bellingham to divert a lovely deflected finish into the goal to give the ‘keeper no chance, completing an impressive 6-0 triumph.
After an excellent first half to the season, the team is looking to extend their lead at the top of the table with the game in hand on the 8th of January.
It is now all about a well-earned rest for the team over Christmas before kicking on in the New Year with the clear objective of trying to earn promotion and win the league.