Dynamic Devils hit top form to topple Dynamos

Christian Cole. Picture: Paul Jacobs

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Solent Devils hit top form on Saturday to record a 6-4 success against National League south one leaders Invicta Dynamos.

New signing Alex Sampford scored twice on his first start since signing with the Gosport outfit for the rest of the season.

Mitch Murray, Stephen Gossett, George Norcliffe and Ben Lock also netted.

It was a huge success for the Devils but they unfortunately couldn’t make it a historic double, losing 10-4 to Dynamos’ title rivals Chelmsford Chieftains at home on Sunday.

However, the win against top side Dynamos again highlights the progress the Forest Way side have made this season.

Devils development coach Darrin Laishley felt it was a great bonus to get a victory from such a difficult weekend.

He said: ‘We weren’t expecting any points against the top two teams.

‘It’s the first time I can ever remember us beating the Invicta first team.

‘They are a fully professional outfit and they have some Great Britain players in their team.

‘To beat them ranks alongside our win against Wightlink Raiders this season – although that being a derby made that one a little bit sweeter.’

Goalkeeper Christian Cole was in outstanding form for the Devils.

The talent, nicknamed Chico, had to repel more than 50 efforts from Invicta.

Laishley said: ‘When you play the top sides you know you are going to get shots against you and will rely on the defence doing their job.

‘Chico was outstanding and we stood up to the task.’

Against Chelmsford, Ryan McFarlane, Andrew Magee, Lock and Alex Murray netted for the Devils.

But they were unable to halt their visitors, who did most of the damage in the first period.

Next up for the Devils is another tough home match against fourth-placed side Streatham Redskins on Sunday (7pm).

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