Dixon's Reds pick up first league victory on the road
HEATHER DIXON'S Plymouth Marjon claimed their first West Clubs Women's Hockey League away win of the season, beating Exe 2 2-0.
It was a crucial win for Plymouth as it opens up a five-point gap over 10th placed Exe but more importantly hoists the Reds nine points clear of the Premier One relegation zone.
Mel Leach opened the scoring before Noelle Farrell doubled Plymouth's lead with a cracking reverse strike finish from a short corner.
Midfield ace Hannah Martin was again Plymouth's player of the match.
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The win comes as a timely boost ahead of next weekend's double bill, at home to fifth placed Lydney on Saturday and then away to basement side Bristol University on Sunday.
Plymouth Marjon men's first team also got back on the winning track, beating Whitchurch Wayfarers A team 6-2 in the Davis Wood Hockey League Premiership.
Plymouth broke down a resolute Whitchurch defence to score all six of their goals in the second half following a blank first period.
Simon Fenwick (2), Sam Blonden (2), Jevon Rimmer and Dutch ace Guido Vaes, with his first goal since joining the club, scored for Plymouth.
PGSOBs won 3-2 at Plymouth University to leapfrog the students and move up into second place in Conference South.
Jon Tew, Sam Knapman and Lloyd Milburn scored as PGs claimed their seventh away win of the term to move within two points of leaders Isca A, who they visit in two weeks.
Fifth-placed Plymouth Marjon A bounced back from a 5-4 Saturday defeat by top six rivals Ashmoor to comfortably win 4-1 at Taunton Vale A on Sunday.
Josh Dale-Burrows, Sam Willetts and Chris Ryan scored at Taunton, where Plymouth also benefited from a Vale own goal.
Bude maintain top spot by three points in the women's South Division following a 3-1 win at sixth-placed Mannamead, who held the leaders 0-0 at half-time.
Cody Morrish, Katherine van Beveren and Charlie Shobrook were all in top form for the Greens, whose goal came when the visiting 'keeper deflected a Tamsin Whittaker cross into her own goal.
Caradon and Plym Valley kept the pressure on Bude with wins.
Molly Walsh, Clare Poad and Helen Manley scored for second-placed Caradon as they won 3-1 at Plymouth Marjon 2 while Kat Pitcher (3) and Jo Ricks were on target for third-placed Valley as they beat basement side Truro 4-1 at Lipson.
There is a three week break for the top three, although Plymouth 2 host fourth placed Falmouth in a rescheduled match on Saturday, February 16.
Tavistock triumphed 3-1 at Duchy in the Trelawney One top of the table clash and now lead the table from the Cornish club by two points with five games remaining.
Promotion chasing OPMs returned to the men's Southern 1 summit following a 2-0 win at Bude and a surprise 1-1 draw for promotion rivals East Devon at eighth-placed Dart.
Skipper Alex Peacock and Stuart Bennett scored for OPMs, whose player-coach Charlie Helyer was man of the match.