THE Columbines fought their way through storm Brian down to a wet and windy Liskeard to face Caradon.

There was a strong start from Oke, with winger Anna Speak and forward Emily Rowlands working hard to control the ball round the Caradon midfield. A cross into the D found Elsa Frangleton, who nearly converted, with Hannah Whiteley helping to keep the ball threatening the Caradon goal.

However, the home side came back with a vengeance, forcing a response from Oke joint player of the match Molly Marvin, who ran tirelessly to thwart the weaving runs of Caradon, in partnership with centre back Laura Parsons.

Caradon maintained pressure and though the game was end to end, the score was 2-0 to the home side at the break.

After the play restarted captain Sophie Whiteley drove forward with determination and was fouled twice in quick succession by Caradon players lacking concentration; this resulting in Okehampton being awarded a penalty corner. A blistering top D strike from Kim Davey was deflected by S Whiteley, who managed to squeeze the ball home, getting Okehampton on to the scoreboard. 

Caradon came back strongly and once again the Okehampton defence found themselves under great pressure, with brave defending required, including numerous aerial saves from Nicky Pedrick and keeper Alice Wiseman.

Abi Colton and Jess Moyse put their bodies on the line to keep the ball out of the Oke net. Unfortunately for them,

Caradon were able to convert thrice more to leave the final score at 5-1, one which did not reflect the spread of play in this exciting match.