SWINDON SUNDAY LEAGUE: Two hat-tricks for Gas in stunning win over Penhill

Fratellos Mark Belcher and Marlborough's Ben Heggie in action on Sunday

Fratellos Mark Belcher and Marlborough's Ben Heggie in action on Sunday

First published in Sport

AFC Gas manager Alan Blake believes that the Division One title race will go down to the wire despite his table-topping side romping to a 9-0 victory over Penhill United.

Having already booked their place in the final of the Wiltshire FA Sunday Cup, Gas hold a one-point lead at the summit.

But with six league games remaining, including two matches with third-placed Dolphin and the final match against fourth-placed New Century Windmill, Blake knows that his side have a tough run-in.

“I think it will (go down to the wire),” Blake said. “We still have a lot of tough games to play.

“The top teams still have to play each other so we can’t lose our focus.”

Focus was something that was not lacking for Gas against Penhill and James Blake and Lee Smith helped themselves to hat-tricks, while Liam Edmundson netted twice with Bradley Wray also on target.

“It was a very pleasing result,” the Gas manager said. “It was a good performance and it keeps things ticking over for us.”

New Century Windmill maintained their hopes of winning the title with a 10-1 thrashing of Inter Sandgate, while second placed Greyhound edged out Trak 6-4.

Elsewhere in Division One Fox and Hounds game with Castrol finished 2-2 and Dynamo Ashton returned home with a point following their six-goal thriller at AC Swindon.

Deers Leap climbed to the summit of Division Two as they claimed a 1-0 victory over basement boys Tap and Barrel, while SKS Blyskawica maintained their challenge for the crown with a 6-3 success at Wanborough.

FC Walcot stayed on course to claim the honours in Division Three as they romped to an 11-1 success over Robnor Resin, while second-placed Cheney beat Rodbourne Real 1-0.

FS Swindon title hopes in Division Four ended with a 3-2 defeat to third place Cleeve Tech, two strikes from James Arthur and an own goal giving Cleeve Tech victory.

While the only team who can catch leaders Nationwide Pavilion, Swindon Asians, lost 4-2 at Chiseldon, meaning Nationwide only a point against Toothill on Sunday to be crowned champions.

Leaders DBS maintained their unbeaten record in Division Five, but they had to settle for a point as they were held to a 3-3 draw with DH Fitness, while second-placed DPR slumped to an 8-2 defeat at Nationwide.

Gorsehill Borough went top of Division Six with a 3-2 win at Freshbrook, while previous table-toppers Coleshill Youth fell to a 3-1 loss to third place Bounce Squad and Cricklade MTA beat Swindon Athletic 6-0.

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