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Whitchurch turn it on in the second period.

Byline: Whitchurch

A DEVASTATING spell of three goals in 10 minutes midway through the second period powered Whitchurch to a fine 4-1 win at Plymouth Marjon in their latest EHL encounter.

Whitchurch started the gas me confidently and Joe Naughalty and Ben Croxall went close to scoring in the opening five minutes.

It was Plymouth who drew first blood, though, ex-GB international Calum Giles opening up the Whitchurch defence with a telling pass to the right for Ed Long to open the scoring in the seventh minute.

Whitchurch continued to test the Plymouth defence with some probing passes from Jon Collis and Naughalty in midfield, and Rhys Gowman was a constant threat in the opposing 25.

Ten minutes before the break Whitchurch pulled level, Alex Keating reacting the quickest to score from the rebound after a fine save by the Plymouth goalkeeper.

Whitchurch continued to dominate and took a decisive grip on the game midway through the second period. Naughalty put them ahead after a great team movement split the home team's defence and it was Naughalty again seven minutes later who extended his side's lead with a neat conversion from close range.

Plymouth forced a couple of good saves from goalkeeper Iwan Williams, before Adam Barker scored an open play goal to make the game safe for Whitchurch, who have now made it two wins out of three in the new Men's Conference West season.

Newly-promoted Whitchurch A had a win and a defeat in their first matches in Premier Division One of the N4 Hockey League.

Goals from Gareth Thomas and Rhys Davies gave Whitchurch an early two-goal lead against Exeter University A, but the visitors fought back well to run out 4-2 winners.

Defences were on top in a hard fought re-arranged match against Bristol University next day, but the deadlock was broken in the last quarter, Rhys Davies scoring with a terrific reverse-stick shot to give Whitchurch a 1-0 success.

Both Whitchurch B and Whitchurch C had comfortable wins in North Division Two, Rhodri Ryland (2), Ted Diment, Graham Sisk and Jon Watts scoring for Whitchurch B in their 5-0 win at Somerset Gryphons, while Dave Joyce scored five and Richard Eaton and Dave Saunders two apiece as Whitchurch C ran out 9-0 winners against visitors Robinsons B. In the South Wales Divisions, a goal from Dave Skirrow was enough to give Whitchurch D a 1-0 win against Cardiff & Uwic D in Division One and two goals each for Mark Lewis and Andy Shough gave Whitchurch E a 4-3 win at Swansea Bay D in Division Two.

In Division Three Whitchurch F edged out Whitchurch G 3-2 with goals from Gareth Despres, Colin McIlhagge and skipper Martin Church and Tim Savage (5) and Mike Martella (2) were on target in Whitchurch H's 7-0 win against Llan & Caer B.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 7, 2009
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