Revived Reds make splash against Bath
PLYMOUTH Marjon's top flight improvement continued with a 1-0 Davis Wood Hockey League Premiership win at Team Bath Buccaneers A.
Jevon Rimmer scored Plymouth's second half winner.
The city's top men's side set gave a hint of what was possible with a confidence-boosting performance in the 2-1 defeat to runaway leaders Isca in their last top flight test.
Plymouth took the positives from that disappointing defeat – they conceded in last minute – to upset third-placed Buccs on their home patch at University of Bath.
Skipper Simon Fenwick said: "We would have been out of sight by half-time had we capitalised on our chances."
Plymouth Marjon A also secured a 1-0 win at Yeovil & Sherborne in Conference South to move up to second in the table behind Isca A. John Whitfield scored.
PGSOB recorded the top Conference South result of the day by becoming the first side this season to take a point off table-topping Isca A with a 2-2 draw at RMB Stonehouse.
John Tew and Mike Carter scored for PGs, who conceded a last minute leveller.
Despite their eye-catching draw, PGs slip to fourth in the table, a point behind second-placed Plymouth Marjon A and third-placed Plymouth University, who beat Bridgwater 5-3 at Lipson Vale Community College.
Nevertheless, the result will doubtless have been noted by next Saturday's opponents, Plymouth.
Penzance have drawn level with Southern 1 leaders OPMs following a 3-1 win over Plymouth Marjon B and a first defeat of the season for the pace setters.
OPMs lost 3-2 at home to sixth-placed North Devon despite goals from Stuart Bennett and James Frost.
There were 6-2 away defeats in Cornwall for PGSOB A – at Duchy – and Tavistock, at third-placed Truro A. Regular goal-getter Barry Kirkham scored both PG goals.
Caradon remain third in Southern 2 following a 4-0 home win over Chard, while United Services Plymouth bounced back from their 1-0 home defeat by the Liskeard club to win 2-1 at Truro B.
Plymouth University A won 1-0 at PGSOB B while East Devon A scraped a 1-0 win at improving basement side Plymouth Marjon C, who visit the University on Saturday.
The outstanding result in the West Clubs Women's Hockey League was Caradon's 7-4 South Division home win over Okehampton, while previous pace setters Plym Valley lost 7-2 at new leaders Bude.
Clare Poad topped a five-star Caradon performance with five goals, to add to strikes by
Olivia Childs and Becky Mortimore.
Grace Smith scored twice for Plym Valley and had an effort ruled out with the score at 3-0 after 20 minutes.
Mannamead – who visit Plym Valley on Saturday – stay in the chase, two points behind the joint leaders, following a 1-0 home win over Plymouth Marjon 2 and a winning goal for forward Brooke Sawyer, set up by player of the match, midfielder Chrissie Bassett.
Plymouth Marjon slipped to 10th in the women's top flight, Premier Division One, following their first home defeat of the season, 5-1 against Devon rivals Isca, who overtake their hosts and soar to seventh.