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HOCKEY: Swindon earn their first win away from home
DEPLETED Swindon recorded their first away win of the season in the Premiership as they took a 2-1 victory at Cardiff Uni.
Despite missing midfielders Jake Biddle and John Scrase as well as Adam Farag from the forward line, the Wiltshire side picked up three important points against the students.
For most of the match, Cardiff were exerting pressure but Swindon were a threat on the counter, and it was from two such plays that the visitors got their goals.
The opener arrived following excellent work on the right from Matt Salmon and Lewis Dyer, with the finishing touch coming courtesy of striker Tom Gillingham, who gave the keeper no chance.
After Luke Cejer was denied by a good save, with the first half drawing to a close Gillingham was on hand to smash home a rebound from the goalkeeper's pads.
The students cranked up the pressure following the resumption and in central midfield Parsons and Cejer worked tirelessly to stem the flow of attacks.
With time running out for the home side, they were handed a lifeline when the umpire failed to spot an infringement and a Cardiff player shot past Alan Gough in the Swindon net.
The away side faced a number of penalty corners in the dying minutes and Gough was required to save and clear from one such penalty corner moments from the end.
Elsewhere, Wootton Bassett drew 3-3 at West Wilts A.
l SWINDON might only have had 11 players for their visit to Gloucester 2nds in Premier Division 2A, but they still took a 2-0 win.
The visitors started off the more positive and Sophie Maycock came close to scoring.
Eventually the pressure paid off when a neat short corner resulted in Lindsey Wall’s shot being deflected in by captain Vicki Stokes.
Swindon were playing like a different team to the one that let in seven the previous week and the defence of Chloe Peppiatt, Claire Sage, Gael Little and Sarah Anstey was comfortable.
After the break an almost identical short corner routine paid off for Swindon, with Wall’s shot once again being deflected home by Stokes.
Gloucester had their chances at short corners but failed to convert and Swindon held on to win 2-0.
Player of the match went to Fran Bennett who played in centre midfield instead of her usual position on the flank.
Elsewhere, Swindon 2nds drew 1-1 with table-toppers Marlborough 2nds.
Ella Caldwell scored the Swindon goal and was player of the match.
Meanwhile, Wootton Bassett lost 6-0 at Jaspers.