Sally Gibson notched a hat-trick as Trojans halted a three-match losing run with a 5-3 win at National Women’s League Western Conference strugglers Exe.
Trojans enjoyed a two-goal cushion at the final whistle but their Devon hosts refused to lie down, even having been 4-1 down midway through the second half.
Exe scored first with Helen Bray converting a penalty corner, which Charlotte Cox quickly wiped out to put Trojans level.
Gibson struck twice before the break and when Wiz Mumby made it 4-1, Trojans appeared to be headed for a comfortable win.
But Exe hit back with a Kelly Barrett penalty stroke and a third goal by Emily Mitchem four minutes from time.
Her goal, which made it 4-3, set up an anxious finale, but Gibson’s hat-trick goal in the final phase of play clinched an eventually hard won victory.
Trojans go into the two-month winter break – and plenty of indoor action – in fourth spot – a far cry from the situation in November 2015 when their National League future was very much on the line.
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