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HOCKEY: Minehead lose opener in higher division
3:20pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Sport
MINEHEAD came out on the wrong end of a 4-2 score-line when they hosted Plymouth side PGSOB in their opening fixture in the Davis Wood league (Conference South).
Starting life in the third tier of the league following last season’s promotion, Minehead began brightly against a well-disciplined opposition.
With defences on top, chances for both teams were few and far between and it was no surprise when the half-time whistle blew that the game remained goal-less.
It was ten minutes into the second half when Minehead finally made the breakthrough, a teasing cross from the right-wing being deflected in for a calamitous own goal.
PGSOB rallied well and were level within five minutes through a well taken strike. With the home side visibly tiring, PGSOB took a 2-1 lead before quickly adding another to go 3-1 ahead.
With five minutes remaining Shane Heale powered in from the top of the D to give the home side renewed hope at 3-2, but in throwing men forward in search of an equaliser the Devon side hit Minehead on the counter and secured the 4-2 victory in the final minute of the game.
This Saturday Minehead travel to face another Plymouth side, OPM. Britannia Inn Man of the Match: James Weetch Minehead: Fred Wilson, Nick Hill, Nick Bennett, Paul Stevens, Shane Heale, James Miles, Nick Jones, James Weetch, Jos Bennett, Luke Barker, Alex Covey, Rob Watts, Josh Hooper, Will Daugherty MINEHEAD A suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat away to Sidmouth & Ottery B in their first game in South East Division 1.
Having been promoted as last season's champions of South East Division 2, Minehead A found it tough going against a well-drilled home team and can have no complaints about the result. Minehead A: Nick Wilson, Mark Collins, Ben Thompson, Nev Weir, Ian Jeanes, Will Pring, Myles Jones, Dom Bowden, Seb Gibbs, Mark Bolton, Calum Arnold, Steve Hawkins MINEHEAD B started life in South East Division 2 with a narrow 1-0 victory at home to local rivals Taunton Vale D.
Following last season's promotion, a new-look Minehead B found themselves up against a better standard of opposition.
In a close game, third team veteran Darren Meecham's solitary second half strike secured a welcome three points.
Britannia Inn Man of the Match: Robbie Garwood Minehead B: Will Gerard, Jack Bishop, Rob Dibble, Robbie Garwood, Lawrence Taylor, Ellis Taylor, Claude Mahlich, Angus Marsh, Archie Marsh, Darren Meecham, Jack Waterman, Eddie Waller.