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Shepton slay Buccs to end winless run

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

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Team Bath Buccs C 0 Shepton Mallet 3

Shepton Mallet secured victory for the first time in a month when they triumphed at Team Bath.

The visitors dominated the opening 20 minutes and, had it not been for some fine goalkeeping, the game could have been out of sight.

Shepton opened the scoring after ten minutes when a through ball from James Fry was converted by Si Lord. They continued the onslaught and went 2-0 up when Lord lobbed the onrushing keeper for his second.

As the half progressed, Buccs began to generate attacks of their own but Jack Patterson and Will Shean ensured the Shepton goal was well protected, although their cause was not helped when Fry was shown a yellow card.

The second half saw both teams pressing. Buccs began to get some shots away but Shepton stopper Tom Ward was more than equal to their efforts. The home team's attacks also coincided with Shepton's second sin-binning, with Joe Corp penalised for a high stick.

The away team defended resolutely, however, and Lewis Duchezeau completed the rout when he converted a slick short-corner routine.

Phillips Tyres man of the match: Tom Ward

Duchy 1 Shepton Mallet 10

Shepton Mallet racked up a perfect ten when they reached the fourth round of the England Hockey Vase with a win at Cornish side Duchy.

The visitors were in the ascendancy from the off and never looked back, with the whole team keen to ensure the trip was worthwhile.

Lawrence Heywood opened the scoring when he converted a Lewis Duchezeau cross. Shepton added two more inside the first ten minutes, with Si Lord bagging a brace.

Duchezeau deflected home Shepton's fourth of the half when Phil White won a short corner. He then netted his second and Shepton's fifth when Chris Reina spotted him unmarked to convert a one-on-one chance.

Although under immense pressure, Duchy did create attacks of their own and a defensive mix-up allowed them to beat Tom Ward in the visitors' goal.

The second half saw Shepton keen to put the game out of reach. Duchy, however, started the stronger and created a number of chances.

Keeper Ward was more than equal to their efforts, though, even using his head to make saves. Any worries they had were quelled when Lord scored Shepton's sixth after White found him unmarked.

Will Shean got himself on the scoresheet following a mazy run and a quick one-two with Lord. The eighth goal was one to remember, with Lord superbly flicking the ball to Duchezeau, who calmly volleyed against the backboards past the charging keeper.

As the game wore on Duchy began to tire, and more chances fell the visitors' way. Reina added Shepton's ninth from a short corner and Jamie Phillips soon followed it up at a similar set-piece to round off the scoring.

Phillips Tyres man of the match: Will Shean.

On Saturday, Shepton host Sidmouth & Ottery A (1pm). They will not be in England Hockey Vase action again until in February, when they travel to Basingstoke.

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