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MEN'S HOCKEY: Joy of six for Bassett
WOOTTON Bassett remained top of East Central 1 and kept their 100 per cent winning record intact courtesy of a resounding 6-0 victory at City of Bath B.
The game started cagily but Bassett slowly gained control of midfield and this provided the platform for the visiting forwards to create chances up front.
The opener came when Kyle Barnes played in Mark Turner and he made no mistake in slotting the ball home.
Bassett continued to press hard and turned over possession at the restart, with Lawrence Winter then playing in Barnes for the second of the day.
As half-time approached, Turner turned provider as he set up captain Kristian Mansfield to fire into the roof of the net.
After the resumption, Bassett continued to pile on the pressure and man of the match Winter provided his second assist of the match when he supplied Barnes to make it 4-0.
Ali Sammon should have added his name to the scoresheet, but his shot was stopped behind the line by a defender’s hand.
However, Barnes made no mistake in slotting home the resulting penalty stroke to complete his hat-trick.
Shortly after, the same man sent home his fourth of match and Bassett's sixth.
Meanwhile, Swindon’s disappointing start to the Championship season continued as they were beaten 5-1 by Bristol side Robinsons A.
The game started promisingly for the visitors as they dominated the opening 20 minutes, with a Tom Wickens effort being cleared off the line and James Lewis coming close at the far post.
Those misses proved costly as Robinsons grabbed three quick goals to put themselves firmly in the driving seat.
Swindon gained a slither of hope when Chris Parsons slammed home following a pass by Daryl Carpenter.
After the restart, the away side continued to have the majority of the play, but two goals inside the final 10 minutes sealed their fate.
In Central 2, North Wilts were beaten 2-1 by visiting Taunton Vale B.
North Wilts forced an early short corner which went unconverted among a few early opportunities.
The hosts were rarely threatened with Cameron Young and Jim Towers in control in the middle, although Taunton did manage to create chances in the latter stages.
After the restart, Taunton broke the deadlock with a smooth passing move and finish, despite the desperate attempts of Cameron Young and Chris Blow to keep the ball out.
The lead was increased when a mix-up at the back between defender Blow and goalkeeper Neil Smith allowed Taunton to steal in and score.
In the final quarter of an hour North Wilts piled on the pressure, with excellent play around the top of the circle resulting in Damo Holland beating the keeper for a consolation strike.
Elsewhere, a goal from John Devlin proved only a consolation as Wootton Bassett A lost 5-1 to Chippenham A in East Central 1, despite a man of the match performance by goalkeeper Jack Rose.
Wootton Bassett B defeated the previously-unbeaten Devizes B 4-3 in East Central 2. The goals were scored by James Wright, Rob Appleby, Neil Miles and Pete Sammon, while Andrew Cooper was man of the match.
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