North Devon hockey suffered a heavy defeat in Truro
North Devon Hockey Club’s torrid season continued last weekend with a heavy defeat to Truro.
Barnstaple’s early departure seemed to do North Devon good as it was actually Truro who were caught napping in the early stages of the game. The Cornishmen piled on the pressure and scored two goals in the first ten minutes, with a third disallowed.
NDHC showed great grit and determination last week to leave Exeter with all three points and a clean sheet, but they were unable to carry that form across the border. The uneven playing surface challenged the back four and Truro’s quick goals chipped away at that advantage.
The visitors were certainly still in contention and created a number of chances in their trademark style, mostly thanks to the brilliance of Ash Thorne in his favored tight end position. Another day the net would bulge.
Both teams did their best to make it a spectacle for a growing crowd, but it was Truro who came through to end the half with a goal to more than make up for a sleepy start.
Things got worse at the start of the second half as Truro refused to rest on their laurels, running through defenses and playing incisive passes in the final third. Despite a valiant effort from netminder Sam Wormington, Truro were able to split the defense and take him out of the equation, seemingly scoring at will.
Returning captain David Orr’s hamstring injury, which kept him off the field for much of the second half, is not thought to be too serious, but it didn’t make the long journey home any easier as the game ended at 6:00. 2.
North Devon will be eagerly awaiting the opportunity to get things going this weekend as they host Isca 3rd XI at 2.30pm at Park School, spectators and social members are always welcome with post-match drinks to be had at The Castle Inn. .
By Benjamin Andrews