Valley are back at the top following victory at Truro
LISA DENT'S promoted Plym Valley returned to the West Clubs Women's Hockey League South Division summit following a 4-3 win at Truro, while former leaders Mannamead lost 3-0 in a top of the table clash at Bude.
Liskeard-based Caradon – beaten 1-0 at Mannamead – returned to winning ways with an emphatic 5-1 home win over Plymouth Marjon 2 to join the top four, all on nine points and separated by goal difference.
Kat Pitcher (2), Jo Ricks and Grace Smith scored for Valley while Clare Poad (2), Fleur Worden (2) and Bizzie Dinnis scored for Caradon.
Mannamead missed a first half penalty at Bude.
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Heather Dixon's new-look Plymouth Marjon ladies first team eased away from the Premier One basement with a resounding 5-2 home win over Devon rivals Exe 2 and a hat-trick for Charlie Smith.
Rachel Stannard also got on the score sheet for the home side, along with a visitors' own goal.
Plymouth have had a tough start with three of their first five matches away to top four teams but at home have now comfortably overcome the two sides at the bottom, Exe 2 and Bristol University.
However, Plymouth's away days don't get any easier as following a two-week break from top flight league action, Dixon's team travel to fourth placed Lydney on Saturday, November 3 still seeking their first "road" points of the new season.
Plymouth Marjon men's first team suffered a 5-3 home defeat against Robinsons but again created enough chances to have closed the gap on their Davis Wood Hockey League Premiership visitors from Bristol.
Jevon Rimmer and Sam Willetts scored for Plymouth, who also profited from a first-half Robbies own goal.
Unbeaten PGSOB won 2-1 at bottom club Sidmouth & Ottery to make it two away wins in a row and move up to second in Conference South. They are a point ahead of cross-city rivals Plymouth Marjon A. Matt Wrench scored both PGs goals.
Third-placed Marjon maintained their form, scoring five for a second week in a row in beating second from bottom ECV Hornets 5-2, while Plymouth University drew 5-5 with Yeovil & Sherborne.
OPMs maintained their 100 per cent Southern 1 start following a 2-0 win at Dart and first half goals for Stuart Bennett and James Frost.
Keeper Steve Payne again received player of the match plaudits following back to back clean sheets.
PGSOB A stay second following a 5-1 home win over west Devon rivals Tavistock while second-from-bottom Plymouth Marjon B lost 5-2 at home to East Devon.
Bruce Danbury and Joe Francis both scored twice for PGs' second team.
Southern 1 bottom club Camborne School of Mines have been deducted three points for failing to fulfil a fixture, at home to Tavistock on October 6.