Oxley calls on side to step up in Isca clash
PLYMOUTH Marjon head coach Jamie Oxley admits his side face their toughest Premiership test of the season tomorrow when they visit Davis Wood Hockey League leaders Isca.
Plymouth are sixth in the table, 17 points behind tomorrow's hosts at the University of Exeter Sports Park (2pm).
Coach Jamie Oxley is looking for his side to frustrate the league leaders who lost 2-1 to second-placed University of Exeter A last Saturday.
That derby defeat will have stung promotion-chasing Isca as they head into their last six league games of the season.
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Looking forward to their own Devon derby, Oxley admits: "All derby games are intense encounters.
"Isca have had the upper hand in our past three games at home."
Plymouth beat basement side Whitchurch A 6-2 last Saturday but the game was goalless at half-time, a fact that concerns the Plymouth head coach.
"We are going to have to play far better than we did last week if we hope to secure anything from the trip to Exeter."
Before losing last week, Isca had recorded three wins in a row, 6-0 at home to 10th-placed Swindon, 5-0 over seventh-placed University of Exeter B and 5-2 at Exeter & Culm Vale Hornets.
However, they were held 3-3 at home by fifth-placed Bristol University on the same day Plymouth were beaten 3-1 by University of Exeter A.
Those results will mean nothing tomorrow as the county's top two non-university sides play out their own Devon derby.
Plymouth Marjon (from): B Blundy, J Hill, J Downton, B Thomas, D Lynch, S Fenwick, M Bell, J Rimmer, S Blonden, P Mutlow, G Bissett, G Vaes, M Bodily, J Mailing
SECOND in the table PGSOBs host seventh-placed Bridgwater in Conference South seeking to stay close to leaders Isca A, who face a top versus bottom trip to Yeovil & Sherborne.
PGs start the day two points behind Isca A and a point ahead of third-placed Plymouth University, who bid to bounce back from their 3-2 derby defeat by PGs when they host second from bottom Sidmouth & Ottery at Lipson Vale.
Fifth-placed Plymouth Marjon A face a testing trip to Bodmin, in 10th spot, looking to continue the scoring form which has seen them net 17 goals in four league games.
In the West Clubs Women's Hockey League top flight Plymouth Marjon face fifth-placed Lydney at UCP Marjon (12.30pm) with skipper Heather Dixon looking for her side to build on last week's 2-0 win at Exe.
On Sunday, ninth placed Plymouth seek their second away win of the season when they visit bottom-of-the-table Bristol University.
Dixon's side face an 11am Sunday start in Bristol.
In Trelawney Two, Plymouth Marjon III host Plym Valley II on Sunday at UCP Marjon (12.30pm).