University of Exeter impress in first game
University of Exeter warmed up for their Pension Men's Hockey League trip to Cardiff & Met on Sunday with a convincing 3-0 opening home win over Guildford.
Edwards Matts, Josh Godfrey and Nick Cooper scored for last season's Conference West runners-up against a Guildford side who finished third last term.
Defending champions Cardiff & Met – formerly Cardiff & UWIC – also got off to an impressive start, powering away in the second half to win 4-1 at Cheltenham.
Rupert Shipperley's 27th minute opener was cancelled out within a minute by Cheltenham skipper Alex Hay.
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Luke Hawker, Rhys Gowman and Robin Lovegrove scored Cardiff's second half goals.
Newly promoted Isca face a tough opening home game when they entertain Team Bath Buccaneers on Sunday at the University of Exeter Sports Park (12.30).
Isca – back in the national league following a 13-year absence – suffered a 3-2 defeat at University of Birmingham on opening day after trailing 2-0.
Jon Wright's 47th minute goal reduced the arrears for five minutes before Will Selfe made it 3-1. Adrian Nash scored Isca's second goal.
Last season's 21-goal Women's Conference West top scorer Claire Thomas is back on the goal trail for Isca University again.
Thomas scored twice to put Isca 2-0 up against Oxford Hawks, but Emily Court struck a brace herself to earn a 2-2 draw.
Next Saturday Isca travel to Bristol's Firebrands, beaten 11-0 at defending champions Buckingham on opening day.
Newly promoted Exe suffered a 3-0 opening day Investec national league defeat at Gloucester City.
It doesn't get much easier for Exeter-based Exe as they host Swansea Spartans on Saturday.
Saturday's Exe match takes place at St Peter's School, Quarry Lane at 1pm.
The new 2013-14 West Club's Women's Hockey League starts on Saturday with six matches in Premier Division One including Isca seconds mid-day meeting against Lydney at the University of Exeter Sports Park.
Plymouth Marjon Ladies face a tough start at Team Bath Buccaneers, looking to follow in Exe's footsteps and regain their national league status at the first time of asking.