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HOCKEY: Swindon thumped by Truro
5:30am Thursday 23rd January 2014 in Sport
SWINDON took the lead against league leaders Truro but were eventually soundly beaten, as the Cornwall side ran riot to win 10-2 in the Davis Wood Hockey League Championship.
The Wiltshire side were able to field their strongest possible line-up for the clash which saw Tom Gillingham return in attack after missing the first half of the season and Chris Parsons resume his place as the defensive anchor.
The switch allowed Lewis Dyer back into the midfield and he soon had a hand in Swindon’s opener as his cross was deflected into the back of the Truro net by Gillingham ,following an incisive breakaway.
However, the Swindon lead was short-lived and, by the break, Truro had scored four goals to well and truly take hold of the contest.
The second period couldn’t have started any worse for Swindon, as goalkeeper Alan Gough was forced into making a great save to his right with only 30 seconds on the clock before the rebound was forced home for goal number five.
It was a theme which continued throughout the half, with Swindon missing out on a succession 50/50 balls, being bullied around the pitch and being shown how to play flowing attacking hockey by their hosts.
Swindon’s one ray of light in the second half was a short corner goal from Henry Cheney, but it was little consolation for the other six goals that Truro scored before the final whistle saved the Wiltshire club from further humiliation.
This coming Saturday Swindon travel to Exeter to face ISCA, who sit second in the league.
Wootton Bassett continued their winning ways with a 5-0 win against Bath Buccs F to stay at the top of the Eastern Division 1.
Wootton Bassett A won 3-0 against West Wilts B with goals from James Gregory, Grant Kirkup and Luke Salisbury.
Wootton Bassett B lost 5-2 to West Wilts C despite another man of the match performance from goalkeeper Mike Hayward. Milind Thapa with both of Bassett’s goals.
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