Shepton Mallet men go top of table with victory at Exeter & Culm Vale Hornets
MATCH REPORT: Exeter & Culm Vale Hornets A 4, Shepton Mallet 1st XI 8
Promotion-chasing Shepton Mallet continued their winning run with a high-scoring victory at Exeter & Culm Vale Hornets.
The side were pleased to welcome back Jack Patterson from injury but had other players missing.
However, Hornets also only had a bare 11 so both teams squared up in similar positions. Mike Squire pulled his hamstring ten minutes in but bravely went on, with much less running.
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Shepton started strongly, dominating early possession and patiently building their attacks. Lewis Ducheazue found Simon Lord, who turned his defender and unleashed a thunderous strike to earn an early lead.
However, Hornets levelled within minutes when Will Shean’s foot was deemed deliberate and the hosts scored the subsequent penalty flick.
Shepton picked themselves up and quickly won a short corner, which Ducheazue deflected home in Shepton’s signature routine.
Lord scored the final goal of the half when he lobbed the onrushing Hornets keeper but he turned villain moments later when he was sin-binned for deliberately kicking a stick.
Hornets started the second half much stronger and took advantage of a defensive mix-up to reduce the deficit.
Shepton stepped up a gear and Lord completed his hat-trick from a short corner before Simon Hutchinson picked up on Lord’s rebound to slot home his side’s fifth goal.
The injured Squire joined in the drubbing when Ducheazue slipped him the ball to smash past the exposed keeper, while Jamie Phillips beat the fumbling home keeper to make it 7-2 after running through the Hornets defence.
As Shepton started queuing up to score, Hornets had a sting in their tale as they started to win a number of short corners.
After defending the first four, Shepton were eventually beaten by a good passing move before Hornets scored again to reduce the gap to three goals.
Shepton had the final say when Ducheazue ran into the D and slipped it past the keeper at the near post.
Phillips Tyres man of the match: Lewis Duchezeau.
Other results went Shepton’s way and they now top the table ahead of Saturday’s match at home to Plymouth Marjon A (1pm).