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Mens 1st XI Match Reports

22 Oct 2022  Shepton Mallet  1   ISCA 2    3


Shepton fresh from a 4-1 win last weekend, knew they needed to strong team performance against a strong and well drilled ISCA B team. Sadly, after a slightly sloppy first 15mins Shepton found themselves 2-0 down. However, they stuck at it and steadily grew into the game and the score stayed at 2-0 till half time. 

After a tactical formation change, Shepton were frustrating their opposition and hitting them on the counter attack working the ISCA goalkeeper hard. ISCA did manage to scrape another goal against the run of play, but shortly after Shepton were able to drag one back after a good finish from their Captain Joe C-O. 

The late stages of the game were filled with Shepton pressure but unfortunately it ended with ISCA winning 3-1 against a valiant Shepton team.

17 Sept 2022   Old Bristolians 0   Shepton Mallet 1

A warm day at Kingdown School, freshly prepared with beachy conditions and a full crowd similar to Bournemouth beach on a bank holiday. The stage was set and the teams were ready to get sweating.  The game started well for Shepton with an aggressive drive towards the goal with early shorts and long corners setting the pace for the rest of the game. Dominance ensued in the opponent’s 1/3 throughout the game for Shepton but not a lot to show for it with a shot conversation similar to Timo Werner.  Later on into the sweltering game, after taking advantage with a lovely spell of trickery in the opponent’s D, a short corner given was to prove any doubters wrong so far. A neat drag flick driven into the lower corner of netting by captain Campbell-Orde was enough for SM to go up 1-0, sealing the first win and clean sheet for SM this season. The result reflects the unfortunate attacking prowess of Shepton and forward O’Sullivan, whose presence in front of the goal was too much to ask and chose to juggle the ball instead like a clown. A strong debut at the back from Stanbury made a great first impression providing a wall of protection and passing like a prime Alves, rightly winning him a POM on his debut.

31 Oct 2020  Duchy  2  Shepton Mallet  1

In their second game of the season Shepton’s performance looked like that of a team who had a 3 hour drive to get there, and indeed they had! 

The game started scrappy with both teams making mistakes and getting frustrated.  Soon however Shepton managed to find a bit of a rhythm and a lovely team move allowed Reina to find Campbell-Orde who played a nice 1-2 with Burnell before finishing despite the Duchy player attempt at a slide tackle. 

Unfortunately Duchy also produced a nice team move themselves shortly afterwards meaning it was 1-1 at the break. 

In the second half Duchy game out with more purpose and caught Shepton sleeping with a quickly taken free hit and finish that keeper Fauceglia couldn’t quite keep out despite good reactions to get a stick on it. 

The last 20 minutes of the game was all about pressure from Shepton as Duchy were forced to keep out wave after wave of attack. Two balls flashed past the post and the Duchy keeper made several big saves to deny Shepton meaning the finishing score remained 2-1 and Shepton's wait for their first league points continues. 

24 Oct 2020 Shepton Mallet  4 Taunton Vale A  5


When people cast their minds to high scoring thrillers they may recall Liverpool v Aston Villa just the other week, Reading almost shocking Arsenal in the cup in 2012. Those present for Shepton Mallet’s opening league game of the year will add this weekend’s clash to that list. Four times Taunton Vale took a lead only for Shepton to equalise. The first goal of the afternoon was scored within two minutes, and the goals kept coming from that point on. 4-3 at half time, with Shepton without a keeper due to a yellow card. An improved second half defensively was needed, from both sides. Shepton defended well without a keeper, and soon after returning to 11 men equalised. At 4-4 Shepton spent a lot of the game with 10, or even 9 players on the pitch. A moment of magic from Taunton Vale’s number 10 saw him dribble into the Shepton D and blitz one on his reverse into the top corner. 5-4, and still there was time for more drama. The last 10 minutes saw Shepton hit the post, earn short corner after short corner and force many saves out of the Vale keeper, all somehow in vein. The game went down to the final whistle, Shepton having a short corner to play after the final whistle had gone. It went narrowly wide of the left hand post. Leaving without a point after a wonderful game with sour. Nonetheless, Shepton Mallet can come out of the game with a lot of confidence for the season ahead, few teams to the standard of the Vale side will visit again in the year, and the side went toe to toe with them. 

2 Nov 2019  Duchy  7  Shepton Mallet 4

After a long drive the game didn’t get off to a good start for shepton as a couple of squandered opportunities and a few mistakes meant they went into half time 2-0 down.  The second half got off to a hectic start as goals came for both teams, Joe Campbell-Orde started the scoring for shepton, rounding the keeper and firing home before Duchy bagged a tap in, but shepton again went and converted a solid short corner routine allowing Campbell-Orde to get his second.  Duchy thought the game was back in control when they finished a short corner of their own however a swift counter attack from the shepton lads culminated with Campbell-Orde once again rounding the keeper and completing his hat-trick (albeit with a slight mis-hit) making the score 4-3 in Duchy’s favour.  The game then settled down briefly with both teams fighting for possession, duchy once again expected their league but a smooth interchange from Chris Reina and the shepton forwards allowed them to immediately strike, with Joe Osbourne nearly lofting the ball over the on rushing keeper.

Unfortunately that was it for Shepton as fatigue set in and they were unable to stop Duchy grabbing 3 extra goals to make the final score 7-4.

MOM:  Joe Corps & Joe C-O tied

DOD:  Joe C-O (air shots and green card) and Luigi F (bad day before/during/after) tied

12 Oct 2019  Shepton Mallet Men’s 1st XI 3  Sidmouth & Ottery Men’s 1st XI 3

It’s been an emotional time for Shepton Mallet Hockey Club as the Men’s 1s returned to league hockey on Saturday. A minute silence was held at the start of the match with the Ladies 1sts joining the teams in remembrance of former players Lee and Josh who sadly passed away last week.

Sidmouth started the match the stronger side, making some darting runs into the circle and forcing a few penalty corners however it was Shepton who broke the deadlock midway through the half when some quick passing from Jack Patterson and Joe Campbell Orde found Nathan Burnell at the far post for a smart tap-in.

Shepton found a rhythm and began to control the game, forwards Archie Heath and Chris Reina stretching the opposition’s full backs. Campbell Orde doubled the lead just before half time with a low driven effort leaving the opposition keeper rooted to his spot.

Shepton took the initiative in the second half and it was Campbell Orde once again skipping past a defender to give himself space for a bullet strike that rattled the back of the net. Shepton we’re cruising and able to control possession for large spells, Joe Corp and James Fry working hard to find passes.

Sidmouth upped the ante in search of a breakthrough and took advantage of some slack marking when a free hit was taken quickly; the smart pass finding their forward with space and time to slot home. Sidmouth are 3rd in the table for a reason and their never-say-die attitude proved Shepton’s undoing a second time with an excellently deflected crash ball. The visitors threw everybody forward and forced another penalty corner, this time the drag flick being deflected onto the bar by Shepton Keeper Luigi Fauceglia.

A frantic last nine minutes resulted in a flurry of chances for both teams and Sidmouth bagged the equaliser with a bit of a scrappy finish. Shepton will rue not being able to convert their own penalty corner chances and should have probably seen the fixture out but a point was well deserved by both teams.

MoM: Joe Corp

DoD: James Fry

6 Oct 2018  SHepton Mallet 7  North Somerset 3

Following a tough season and relegation from the higher Championship league, North Somerset came to Shepton Mallet looking for a win to continue their undefeated run in the league this year. Shepton started the game strong with Joe Campbell-Orde scoring a goal fed by Chris Reina within the first 5 minutes. North Somerset however were quick to equalize as a quick break counter attack broke down the Shepton defence only minutes after the first goal. Joe Campbell-Orde was tackled hard by a charging goal keeper and was awarded a flick for the foal play which he consequently converted giving Shepton the lead. After some great linking play from their own half Shepton Mallet found themselves deep into North Somerset’s when Nathan Burnell managed to convert a deflection from the keeper into a chest high strike to further Shepton’s lead. Shepton kept the pressure on as Chris Reina made a heroic reverse stick upright shot at a tight angle that looped up and over the majority of the defence only to be tipped passed the keeper by a diving Jake Bunday increasing the lead further. Relentless attacks from both sides carried on through into the second half giving both teams goals but it was eventually Shepton who came out on top with Joe Campbell-Orde scoring a further 2 goals and setting up a deflection for James Fry to secure victory. Luigi Faucegelia and his defence had a stellar game stopping a flurry of shorts and keeping North Somerset’s fast counter attacks at bay. Unfortunately the pressure overwhelmed a fatigued Shepton team and Shepton finally conceded a third goal with just a couple of minutes till the final whistle. Final score was 7-3 and the man of the match was Joe Campbell-Orde.

29 Sep 2018  ECV Hornets  2  Shepton Mallet  3

On the first day of the new season, with a fresh batch of players, Shepton were hoping to hit the ground running against a team that have often irritated.  A shaky start coupled with an unlucky decision led to an early short corner for the Hornets which they managed to scramble over the line.  Shepton responded to this with some sharp play and some filthy skills, Campbell-Orde turning on a dime to nutmeg a defender and trying to play in Deans resulted in a short for Shepton, Patterson’s flick rebounded off a defensive foot to Reina, He in turn found Chapman who slid the ball to Campbell-Orde to turn and fire a finish into the net.

 In the second half Shepton came out strong and some beautiful interplay from Deans, Campbell-Orde and Reina set Chapman up for a goal even he couldn’t miss.  At 2-1 and looking comfortable Shepton were dealt a blow when Campbell-Orde was sent off for managing to breakdown play whilst he had the ball... this resulted in some Hornets pressure and a crash ball into the D, deflected off Stonehouse for an unluckily given goal.  Shepton pushed on for the final minutes of the game, and a fantastic Reina run from deep proved the winning moment as the Hornets keeper found himself in no-mans land and Reina could fire in at the near post.  

A solid win for Shepton and a great start to a potentially good season!

Final score 2-3.

MoM - Patterson

DOD - Campbell-Orde

7 Oct 2017  Exeter University 4 -2 Shepton Mallet 1st

Shepton Mallets 1st travelled down the Exeter to play Exeter University.

The game started well and Shepton were on the front foot and played some good hockey with Aaron Chapman coming close but putting his deflected shot over the bar. After that the game swung and Exeter came at Shepton. Shepton defending well but were undone with about 15 minutes of the first half remaining. Conceding a short corner; the Exeter player shot low and hard into the bottom left hand corner of the goal.

Exeters second goal was identical, Shepton again conceding a short corner and the attacker slotting the ball between post man Henry Brown and Kerian Mccall.


The second half started much like the first with Shepton on top and it wasnt long before it was Sheptons turn to score from a short corner. Rich Jenkins playing a nice one two with James Fry before scuffing his shot into captain Jack Patterson path who slotted home from 2 yards claiming his first goal this season.

With Shepton pushing for an eqauliser Exeter were on the attack from a break which saw them score their third goal of the game. The Exter forward dribbling the ball unmarked from the 25 yard line straight into the D  and took aim, as the foward went fo the shot Simon Hutchinson tried to block the shot and the deflection took it past Kerian Mccall who was going the other way.


Shepton were soon the the attack and again like Shepton's first goal Shepton scored from a short corner. This time it was practice makes perfect, a short corner routine meant that Joe Campbell-Orde was able to deflect Rich Jenkins shot into the roof of the net.


It wasnt long before Shepton were on the attack again and after winning another short corner, the routine worked almost perfectly with Rich Jenkins shot deflected by Joe Campbell-Orde ony for this time the Exeter defender on the line to block the shot with his body. Apealing for a flick, the umpires decided on a short corner as they believed Joe Campbells-Orde's effort to be going wide. However Shepton were unable to capitalise on this short corner and it was Exeter who scored the last goal of the game. The ball was fired into the Shepton D from the Exeter's midfield player with Jack Patterson able to deflect the ball away only for it fall to another Exeter player who slapped it back into the D for the Exeter forward to deflect the ball past Kerian.


Man of the Match: Joe Campbell-Orde.

20 Feb 2016   SMHC Men's 2-2 Plymouth Marjon

Shepton started brightly and were making chances from the off with Orrell almost connecting and Butt coming close. They went a goal up after Duchezeau picked up a great ball over the top from Butt to beat his man and the keeper and fire in to the open goal. Shepton kept up the pressure but a rare Plymouth break saw them equalise. Shepton continued to threaten in the second half but it was Plymouth who took the lead, converting a short won after a Shepton mix up. The home side showed character and pressed until the final seconds, winning and converting a short corner of their own with a perfect routine put away by Duchezeau. Phillips Tyres MOM: Lewis Duchezeau


9 Jan 2016  North Devon 2 - 3 Shepton Men's 1's


Shepton started 2016 in a rainy Barnstaple hoping to improve on a disappointing 2015. Unfortunately their hosts had other ideas and after intercepting the ball, countered with a quick break and thunderous shot leaving Keiran McCaul no chance of a clean sheet on his first team debut. Going a goal down woke up the young Shepton side who started playing and creating chances. A well worked short corner saw Hutchinson finish coolly and level the... score.


Shepton started the second half confident that with youth on their side they'd have the advantage and soon took the lead after Orrell deflected a Reina shot in mid air at the front post. Shepton continued to press and Burnell extended their lead pouncing on a saved Reina shot. North


Devon got a goal back and with a few minutes left in the game McCaul made a number of superb saves to keep Shepton ahead and secure the 3 points.


Phillips Tyres' Man of the Match: Keiran McCaul


17 October 2015      Shepton Mallet 4 - 4 PGSOB


Shepton hosted PGSOB looking to make it four wins from four and maintain their early lead in the league but found themselves a goal down in the first few minutes however. Shepton levelled within seconds after Duchezeau broke in to the D and slipped to Orrell to calmly finish. Shepton still struggled to get in to the game and conceded again before half time. 


The break helped Shepton who started creating chances and winning short corners, one of which was scored by Hutchinson. They soon found themselves behind again though after a good PGSOB break. A run down the right and cross from Reina found Duchezeau on the move whose deflection left the keeper with no chance.

Shepton conceded again with minutes to go but responded winning consecutive short corners and an improvised routine from Hutchinson found Duchezeau for a tap on to secure the draw. 


The result could have gone either way in the dying seconds with Fauceglia making a reaction save and Reina seeing his shot saved on the line in the following Shepton attack. 


Phillips Tyres MoM: Chris Reina
DoD: Josh Brooker for his slow motion dive!


10 Oct 2015   Exeter University 0 - 4 SMHC Men's 1's


Shepton travelled to Exeter looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season knowing they'd be up against a hard working 16 man squad. The start of the game saw Exeter pressing high but Shepton defended well and after getting in to the game, started to form some attacks of their own. They soon struck after a back pass was pounced on by Duchezeau, putting the ball in with his first touch. Duchezeau came close again within minutes getting behind the Exeter defence and picking up a long range through ball from Reina. Unfortunately he couldn't finish and was sent to the bin for an over exuberant attempt to regain possession.


Shepton were confident at the restart with Shean and Batten at the heart of the defence taking care of any threats and setting up Shepton counter attacks. The pressure paid as Exeter saw consecutive yellow cards and Shepton stepped up a gear to put the game away. First through Reina whose weaving run in to the D won a flick which Hutchinson calmly put away, then in an identical move with Duchezeau winning the flick and Patterson converting. The final goal came as Shepton pressed, winning the ball and countering at pace through Duchezeau who slipped to Hutchinson who claimed his second.


The win sees Shepton go clear at the top of the table and looking forward to hosting PGSOB next Saturday at 2:30.


Phillips Tyres MoM: Lewis Duchezeau


3 Oct 2015   Shepton Mallet 5 North Devon 1


Shepton faced a North Devon side they hadn't played before; but with new goals built and ready for action, so were Shepton. Both sides started well but it was the home team that struck first. James Fry won a short corner which Chris Reina finished: a nice one two with Brett Orrell before he rounded the keeper and scored.


Shepton kept up the pressure and were 2-0 up following a goal mouth scramble. Josh Brooker picked up the ball at the top circle and clinically finished with a bottom corner strike. Shepton made it three when Will Sheen picked out Brett who won a short corner. This was subsequently converted by Jack Patterson who drag-flicked into the bottom corner. North Devon then pressed well and were rewarded with a goal to make it 3-1. Shepton then looked nervous but just before half time they restored their three-goal advantage. Brooker won the short corner before Lewis Duchezeau, with some improvisation, slotted the ball home.

After half time, both teams put in lots of effort and it wasn't clear who was going to score next. But Shepton wrapped up the win when, from another penalty corner, Chris Reina took it past the 1st runner before slipping the ball to Duhezeau who again slotted home.

Shepton travel to Exeter University next week where they hope to pick up another three points and maintain their 100% start to the season.


Philips Tyres MOM - Nick Batten

DoD - Jack (I can drag flick) Patterson


26 Sept 2015   Dart 2    Shepton Mallet 4


Shepton kicked off the season with a trip down to Exeter to play a young dart team who didn't lose a game all season. Both teams started well but it was shepton who struck 1st.James Fry won a short corner and scored with a superb drag flick. With the away team taking the lead, dart sprung into action and without tom Ward between the sticks, came out of his D to win a one on one to keep Shepton ahead.With shepton soaking up the pressure Will Shean won another short with Lewis Duchezeau picking up the rebound and putting Shepton two ahead. And within quick succession Simon Hutchinson won a third short corner which Chris Reina hit at the post for Andy Butt to deflect in. Dart weren't done yet and soon after shepton scoring their 3rd they scored from a well worked short corner.


In the second half Shepton extended their lead following a quick transfer from Mike Reina ending with Andy Butt whose reverse stick shot was turned in by Simon Hutchinson. As the hotness from sun took its toll, players begun to tire and with that dart pulled one back to make it 4-2. Shepton battled hard and got the 3 points. Shepton are at home to North Devon on the weekend 2:30pm push back.


Philips Tyres MoM was James Fry

DoD was Lewis Duchezeau for "pulling his trapezius"


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