Isca's recovery in vain as Indian Gymkhana strike late for victory
Isca skipper Simon Tremlett and his newly-promoted side will be hoping to claim their first NOW: Pensions Men's Hockey League points at Guildford next Sunday.
Hosts Indian Gymkhana required a late winner to pip Isca 4-3 in a seven-goal Men's Conference West thriller in round three.
Exeter's Isca hauled themselves back into the game 3-3 after trailing 2-0 in the opening 12 minutes but eventually lost 4-3 after a 62nd-minute penalty corner conversion by Bernardo Guerrero.
Tejinder Hanspal scored the first two goals of his hat-trick in 12 minutes and added a third in the 44th minute after Tom Poustie reduced the score to 2-1 a minute before half-time.
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Jon Wright made it 3-2 in the 49th minute and, two minutes later, Tremelett's drag-flick levelled the scores ahead of an end-to-end last ten minutes.
Guildford remain at the foot of the table following their third defeat, 2-0 at University of Birmingham.
University of Exeter will bid to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat by Cheltenham when they host Team Bath Buccaneers at the University Sports Park next Sunday.
Following a goalless first half, Exeter trailed 2-0 to their visitors before Josh Godfrey claimed a goal back for the home side.
Bath suffered their first defeat, beaten 5-0 by last season's divisional champions Cardiff & Met, who were 4-2 winners over Exeter a week before.
Cardiff top the table as the only side with a 100 per cent record after three rounds, two points ahead of second-placed Indian Gym.
Isca University face Women's Hockey League Conference West joint-leaders Slough at the University Sports Park on Saturday.
Slough – whose squad is set to include former Isca and University of Exeter forward Amy Sheehan – beat Barnes 2-1 to make it three wins from three as Isca suffered their first loss of the season, 1-0 at Swansea.
Natalie Blyth scored Spartans' 66th-minute winner following a penalty corner.
Newly-promoted Exe visit in-form Firebrands in round four on Saturday following a 2-1 home defeat by Oxford Hawks.
Clare Whitworth's 37th-minute strike cancelled out Kate Hewitt's 30th-minute opener before Bex Oakes converted a 60th-minute penalty corner for Oxford.
University of Exeter A made a winning start to the new men's regional Davis Wood Hockey League season thanks to a 4-3 win over Cardiff University.
Exeter's B team won 1-0 at Bristol UWE, while Plymouth Marjon lost 2-1 at home to Cardiff & Met A despite a home goal for skipper Matt Bell.
Truro began their Championship campaign with a 4-1 success at Swindon, Isca A beat newly-promoted University of Plymouth 8-3, while ECV Hornets were 5-3 winners over Gloucester City.