Storm lost their first Regional League 3 game to league leaders Exeter in a thrilling match at Truro.
After two wins, Storm have suffered their first loss in this year’s Regional League 3 (South) when they went down by 3 goals at home to Exeter.
The visitors came to Truro on the back of two wins in their opening two matches to lead the league table.
With Captain Rebecca Thompson unavailable, Cerise Lauder and Kirstin Lamb started in the defensive circle with Maia Adams on the Wing.
It was Exeter who started stronger taking the lead early in the first quarter but Storm clawed their way back and led 15-12 after the first period.
The visitors hit back in the second to level the scores at 25-25 at half time.
Storm made changes in the half time break with Niamh Symons coming on at Goal Keeper, Lauder moving to Goal Defence and Lamb to Wing Defence.
This proved to be the home side’s best quarter as they pulled out a five goal lead at three quarter time to edge 41-36 in front.
Then a disastrous 5 minutes at the start of the final quarter handed the visitors the game as Storm conceded 7 consecutive goals before scoring themselves.
The lead proved decisive and Storm just failed to pull back the deficit eventually losing by 3.
Head Coach David White was disappointed with the manner of the defeat: “It was such a shame we blew it right at the start of the fourth quarter,” he said. “We’d just had our best spell of the game and to throw it away like that makes it very disappointing for the players.”
“On the positive side we’ve competed with a team that hasn’t lost yet and to be honest the game could have gone either way, it just wasn’t our day,” said White.
“It’s still very early, we mustn’t forget this is our first ever crack at Senior Regional League so we’ve got to be happy with what we’ve done so far and the best news is because the games come thick and fast we get a chance to bounce back straight away with another game this weekend.”
Player Of The Match
Exeter chose Storm Vice Captain and Goal Attack, Hannah Cox, as the Player of the Match.
Storm visit Plymstock this Sunday. Storm will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s first defeat but the home side had a convincing win against local rivals Jack’s Gym so it’s set to be another tense match.