West Dorset Stay Top

<!–[endif]–> West Dorset Hockey Club travelled away to Taunton Vale on Saturday hoping to maintain their current unbeaten run and joint top of the table position.

Missing two of their key playmakers Alex Davies and stalwart Rick Dormor skipper May had to draw from the youth squad with the likes of Jolly Bugg and Giles Harvey bolstering the midfield. Also missing regular stopper Mark Smith longtime tailisman Mike May was brought out of retirement to stand in.

Taunton Vale being a very strong club with lots of experienced players, West Dorset had to brace themselves for what they knew they would be a very rough ride.

From the moment the whistle left the umpires lips Vale pounded the West Dorset defence like a baker kneeding dough – but the stoic defence held on until the onslaught withered giving West a chance to counter attack via Frampon and Mays quick passing in midfield.

The quick attack resulted in short corner and Connollys shot was saved and smothered by the Vale Keeper which Wakely bravely dug out to set skipper May up for the his first goal of the season.

Vale counter attacked pressurinsing again only to be punish again when a long ball out from Rob Cox in defence found Wakely in the D unmarked who finished deftly before the Vale defence had time to react.

In the second half Vale played as if there lives depended on it with Mike May making numerous saves but the speedy Vale wingers caused havock scoring quickly from a penalty corner. Chaos ensued again as skipper May pulled his achilles tendon. Brooking stepped up to take over in the midfield engine room and carved out another fine pass to Wakely who was in the form of his life to make it three. In the last few minutes West ran finally out of puff the midfield was overran to allow Vale to score a consolation goal.

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