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HOCKEY: Bassett crush Wotton-under-Edge
WOOTTON Bassett thrashed Wotton-under-Edge 7-1 in Davis Wood Hockey League East Central 1, scoring seven goals for the third match running.
Wotton pressed the ball hard straight from the start and clearly had a number of skilful midfielders, but it was Bassett who took the early initiative when Kyle Barnes won a penalty corner and Mark Turner blasted home the rebound from the initial shot to send Bassett into the lead in the fourth minute.
Turner quickly added his second of the day when a clinical through-ball from Mark Tolley found him unmarked.
Two minutes later, Kristian Mansfield found Matt Daniell in acres of space and Daniell showed great composure to slot the ball into the far corner.
Barnes then contributed to the tally from another penalty corner, taking Bassett into a four-goal lead after only 15 minutes.
The beleaguered visitors picked themselves up and dominated the next 10 minutes, finally pulling a goal back from open play, but Turner quickly completed his hat-trick on the stroke of half-time.
The home side scored two quick goals at the start of the second half from Turner and Daniell to ensure they retained their place at the top of the table.
Bassett’s second-string lost 6-0 to Swindon, having played the second half with only nine men following a head injury to centre-back Elliot Daniel.
Bassett 3rds won 6-0 against West Wilts E. Pete Sammon scored four goals and player of the match Grant Kirkup registered a brace.
Meanwhile, Bassett Ladies lost 3-2 to Lansdown in the West Clubs Women’s Hockey League North Division.
Bassett were unable to build on their win against BAC seven days previously against a Lansdown team which was relegated from the Premier League last season.
After soaking up some early pressure, Bassett went ahead when an exchange of passes between Emma Collison and Suzanne Lello left Collison with a tap-in.
Lansdown hit back quickly and scored a second via a short-corner routine before Lello’s goal meant the match was level at the break.
In the second half, however, Bassett couldn’t get going and, despite some solid defending from player of the match Zara Salisbury, Lansdown scored a third goal from a short corner to take the match 3-2.
Wootton Bassett Ladies 2nds beat Melksham 4-0, with player of the match Abi Iles scoring a hat-trick, while the third team lost 1-0 to Frome.
Bassett are always looking for new players of all ages and standards.
Ladies’ training is at 7.30pm every Wednesday and men’s training takes place at 8pm every Thursday, at the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy School.
Visit the Wootton Bassett’s website, www.wbhc.co.uk, or contact email@example.com for further information.