Chichester swept into a two-goal lead at Exeter University, but were undone by three Isca penalty corner conversions in a ten-minute period either side of half-time, which led to the west country side running out 6-3 winners.
Ollie Baxter tucked away a short corner of his own to give Chichester a seventh minute lead, which Alex Thakore (pictured above : Neil Marshall) doubled soon after.
But problems began for Chichester when Cuthbert pulled a goal back for Isca barely a minute later.
The game turned on its head when Tom Brooks buried three penalty corners past Chris Bristow in ten devastating minutes to give Isca a 4-2 lead early in the third quarter.
“It was very disappointing to go ahead then allow them back into the game like that,” conceded Chichester skipper Matt Sewell.
Shepherd scored Isca’s fifth before one-time Fareham player Simon Tremlett made it 6-2 from a fourth short corner success.
Alex Baxter cut the gap in the closing stages to add a touch of respectability to the final scoreline.
Sewell added: “Their 6-3 margin of victory could have been more if had it not been for some great saves from Chris Bristow in the second half.
“It was a long day in the rain for no points.”
The defeat leaves Chichester third from bottom of the log ahead of Sunday's visit of Khalsa Leamington to the College, 2pm. ahead of Cardiff University, whose last two matches have been cancelled due to Covid lockdown in the Welsh capital.
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