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SUNDAY LEAGUE: Sandgate avoid cup shock
INTER Sandgate manager Jason Smith admitted opponents Swindon United caught him by surprise before his side eventually ran out 4-3 winners in the teams’ Wiltshire Sunday Cup tie.
Inter ply their trade in Division One of the Swindon Sunday League while their second-round opponents are in Division Five, but the lower-league side took an early lead before Rob Stewart equalised in the first half.
From then on it looked as if the hosts were going to coast to an easy win, but United had other idea and two quick goals gave them a 3-1 lead at the break. Craig Rawlings pulled one back after the interval before Richie Crocker levelled matters, and when Rawlings added his second from a free kick with 15 minutes to go the game was over.
“It was a really close game, maybe closer than we expected, but even though we didn’t play all that well we managed to turn things round at the break and managed to get the win,” Smith said.
“They have to get a lot of credit because they did a really good job, but they did surprise us a bit because I went through the form and the tables before the game and didn’t expect it to be so tough.
“Their striker caused us a load of problems and stretched us a bit in the first half but we sorted it out and pulled through.”
“We’ve not played very well in the league and struggled a bit so our focus has turned to the cups, so this is what we are targeting now.”
The biggest winners of the weekend were New Century who hit 13 goals past Dilton Rovers, only conceding two, while Swindon Athletic exited the competition after losing 11-1 to Bulford.
In league action, Dynamo Ashton picked up their first win of the season in Division Two as they beat Halcrow 6-3 while West Swindon Wanderers moved into second with a 5-3 win over Deers Leap.
The was a rare 0-0 draw in Division Five as Wedge and Nationwide both drew blanks but scoring was not a problem in Division Six as Cricklade Park Rangers and Save on Tyres Athletic drew 4-4.
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