Drew nets a hat-trick for five-star East Devon
EAST Devon played their most attractive hockey of the season to record an emphatic win, which included a stunning hat-trick for Clarke Drew.
Despite creating numerous chances, they went 1-0 down, only for Ben Donaldson to slot home an equaliser.
Marjons then hit back on the break again to take the lead before East stepped up a gear and scored another four, including Drew's treble, to stamp their authority on the game.
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West Premier 1
After a goalless first half, Clare Whitworth converted Kelly Luscombe's corner to send Exe on their way to a hard-fought victory.
Laura Allen made it 2-0 after latching on to Molly Coleman's pass, only for Yate to claw one back.
Exe responded to make it 3-1 through Coleman, and despite a late Yate strike, they held on for the win.
It may have taken Lauren Hutchings 23 minutes to open the scoring, but Isca never looked back once they broke the deadlock.
Claire Bartholomew put Issie Bailey through for 2-0, before Laura Glover and Lorel Wallis combined to set up Hutchings for another.
Wallis notched another before Hutchings completed her hat-trick with a penalty flick.
Hattie Robinson made it 6-0, and only fine goalkeeping from the Firebrands keeper prevented a rout.
Despite only trailing 2-1 at the break, Exe could not prevent Plymouth Marjons extending their lead and winning the match in the second period.
The hosts were 2-0 up when Jackie Shute scored from close range, only for Bridie Marlow and Nicole Thackray to both miss chances to level.
Marjons added two more before Hannah Jones slotted a second from four yards. The hosts had the final say with a late strike.
West Premier 2
Isca thirds let a 2-0 lead slip in the second period after a dominant first-half display and could not recover.
Already 1-0 up, Hutchings went round the keeper for the second, but Newquay pulled level before winning it in the last minute.
Isca failed to hit their stride in a disappointing display during a hard-fought and somewhat scrappy match.
Kazz Hayes opened the scoring from, only for Dart to equalise then take the lead.
Isca missed a host of chances before Laura Thomas popped up to score a leveller.
ECV Hornets maintained their 100 per cent home record with this solid win against Mendip.
The Hornets took control early on and, and with Karen Tinley in fine form at the back, Mendip only managed to net a late consolation goal.
A stellar second-half performance from Isca saw them run away with victory against Ottery & Sidmouth.
Isca went behind to a fine goal, but fought back through Jo Burrington.
Another breakaway goal saw Isca behind once more, only for Burrington to haul them level again.
Sophie Bailey's fine second-half showing inspired Isca, who ran away with it thanks to two more from Burrington.
Other strikes followed from Vics Lark (2), Lucy McNiele, Sarah Rainsford and Lily Caldwell.
Unbeaten Isca had an early scare in their away fixture to newly-promoted Swindon, trailing 2-0 at one point despite dominating possession.
But Tom Whitworth's penalty corner saw them pull one back, before two more from the same player saw them take control.
Some exquisite free-flowing hockey resulted in further goals from Jon Wright (2), Harry Skinner and Jay Lanchbury.
Isca's man of the match was Chris Hoskin for a near-faultless game.
The match started brightly for Hornets, with an energetic opening 10 minutes culminating in a smartly-taken goal for Chris Yeo.
Hornets successfully frustrated Bath for a solid 15 minutes, but after two injury replacements for Hornets, Bath became more dominant and man-of-the-match-keeper Adam Broomfield kept the home side in the game with some fine saves before a well-worked penalty corner beat him.
Another short corner saw Bath take the lead in the second half, but Hornets' spirits remain high ahead of the derby with Exeter University.
South East 2
Isca started confidently and kept the momentum going in this impressive win over Okehampton.
Captain Mike Tucker opened the scoring and, after Isca had missed numerous chances, Ollie Brown notched his first goal for the club.
Okehampton came close, but a precise finish from Hywell Williams gave Isca a third.
Adam Tremlett scrambled in number four from a tight angle to seal the win, while Tim Cartwright earned man of the match, despite his antique wooden stick.
Hornets C team grabbed their first point of the season against Taunton Vale in a tight match.
Hornets were missing a number of regular players, but passed the ball well and were well organised at the back.
They took the lead mid-way through the first half, only to see it wiped out with a quick reply from Vale.
South East 3
East Devon maintained their unbeaten run with a comfortable away win.
Bill Horner converted Mike Williams' run and pass, before Matt Braund swept in a firm Tim Bader cross.
The home team fought back in the second half, but stand-in keeper Ian Parish was on top form and man of the match Matt Clarke was at the heart of a strong defence.
Horner managed to beat the keeper to a Braund through-ball to seal the points late in the day for Isca and round off a fine win.