THE SWINDON & DISTRICT League sprung back into life this weekend and it was a familiar tale as reigning champions Tawny Owl flew to the top of the table following an 11-2 win at home to Swindon Spitfires.

Manager Anthony Pascarella was delighted with how his side kicked on in the second half after his troops had been only 2-1 up going into the break.

“It was a good start to be fair. The players did well to be honest and it was only 2-1 at half-time,” said Pascarella.

“For about half an hour I think we went to sleep when we had the lead. In the second half, three subs came on and we were lively.

“It is nice to start well because there are some different teams this year, we don’t know how good they are.

“Our aims for the season are the same as every year, we just want to do well, we want to win the league and win the cups as well.

“The aim is to win them all, but it doesn’t always go like that so we will have to see how it goes, we have a good squad so hopefully we can crack on with it.”

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Lower Stratton came out of a 5-4 thriller with all three points as they edged past Swindon Supermarine DC.

An own goal from the hosts proved costly as Jamie Saunders bagged a hat-trick, while Richard Clark claimed a solitary effort for the victors. Kyle Bower and Cameron Shrubb both notched doubles for Supermarine.

Both Ramsbury and Stratton Juniors had to settle for a point on their opening fixture, as they played out an entertaining 4-4 draw.

Tom Mildenhall and Max Derrick were on target for Ramsbury, as Cameron Lee registered a double for Stratton.

Wroughton Reserves failed to get any points on the board against the Wheatsheaf, Jamie Pidgeon being on target for the former, while Ryan Bragg and Charlie Gillett fired the hosts to a 2-1 win.

In Division One, Moredon were 6-0 winners away from home as they came up against Brockhill United.

Tom Goodey bagged a hat-trick, Jason Rouse got two, while Steven Nicholls sealed the win.

Redhouse weren’t too far behind as they picked up a 5-0 triumph over home side Haydon Wick.

Daniel Rickets, Aaron Hewitt, Tom Eagles, Ryan Thackaray and Chris Ricketts were on target.

Swindon AFC also got off to a winning start with a 7-2 victory at home to North Swindon WMC, Jason Hodson’s goals proving to be nothing more than a consolation.

Marlborough Reserves also secured all three points in a convincing 6-2 win at Village Inn.

Doubles from Luke Little and Nathan Good, plus goals from Eilliot Smith and Joe Litherland secured the win.

Ruby Removals dispatched Highworth Town Development at home 4-2 as Adam Bartlett and Andy Hunt notched for the visitors.

The weekend’s lowest scoring game was between Chisledon and New Town All Stars, as that game finished 1-1.