Smith hits double as Marjon fight back to beat Clifton
PLYMOUTH Marjon Ladies firsts upset the form book to record their best West Clubs Women's Hockey League win of the season by beating second-placed Clifton 2-1 at home on Saturday.
Heather Dixon's side trailed 1-0 before a tremendous comeback and two goals from Charlie Smith, both short corner strikes.
Plymouth skipper Dixon was delighted with her side. She said: "Our player of the match was goalkeeper Taryne Rimmer, who made some cracking saves which kept us in the game."
Sunday's rescheduled home game against mid-table rivals Bournemouth was a game too far for ninth-placed Plymouth, who lost 4-1 at Marjon.
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Dixon scored for Plymouth, who visit basement side Bristol University next Saturday.
Liskeard-based Caradon swept up to second on goal difference in the women's South Division following a 7-0 home win over Exe 3 at Lux Park, including a hat-trick for top scorer Clare Poad.
Fleur Worden, Laura Tuxford, Bizzie Dinnis and skipper Glayne Price also scored.
There were 34 goals in five South Division matches, including 11 at Okehampton, where third-placed Plym Valley triumphed 6-5.
Grace Smith (4), Ellie Selley and an own goal paved the way for Valley's victory.
Falmouth beat fifth-placed Mannamead 3-2 to stay in fourth spot, three points behind Caradon and Plym Valley, who trail promotion favourites Bude, 7-1 winners at Truro.
Mannamead led 2-1 until the final three minutes at Falmouth thanks to goals from Cheryl Waterfield and Charlie Shobrook.
Caradon visit Bude in a crunch top of the table clash next Saturday.
Tavistock remain on course for promotion following a 4-3 top of the table Trelawney One home win over third-placed Plymouth University.
Second-placed Tavistock stay a point behind leaders Duchy, who they visit at the start of February.
Plymouth Marjon suffered a 3-1 home reverse against leaders University of Exeter A in the men's Davis Wood Hockey League Premiership.
New signing Guido Vaes, a student from Holland, made an impressive Plymouth debut.
However, the home side failed to capitalise on early pressure with Vaes and George Bissett both going close and US international keeper Chris Rea denying the Reds.
Exeter led 1-0 at half-time and then 3-0 before Bissett scored from close range, teed up by Josh Mailing.
Coach Jamie Oxley said: "I was pleased with our first half display but bitterly disappointed by the way we failed to retain possession in the second half.
"The good news is we have players returning from injury and unavailability with Matt Bell, Jamie Hill, Rhys Hart and Tom Hodgins all back in the first and second team squads."
Exeter won 8-0 at Cardiff University on Sunday, to edge a point ahead of Isca, who have a game in hand.
Plymouth University won 2-1 at Ashmoor to edge up to second in Conference South as third-placed PGSOB drew 1-1 at 10th-placed Bodmin.
Dan Bruce scored for PGs, who were seeking to build on their flying start to the year and a 4-2 home win over Taunton Vale A.
Leaders OPMs warmed up for their Southern One top of the table clash at East Devon with a 9-0 home win over Plymouth Marjon B.
Ben Lock unlocked the Plymouth defence with a hat-trick to add to goals from Stuart Bennett (2), Alex Peacock (2), Jason Sweby and Chris Frude.