MEN'S HOCKEY: Beaten at last
6:00am Thursday 25th October 2012 in By Ned Payne
SWINDON’S 15-month unbeaten home streak in the Davis Wood Hockey League was brought to a dramatic end on Saturday as Isca ran riot at Isambard.
The Premiership leaders romped to a 7-2 victory in Wiltshire after coming back from two goals down.
Swindon attacked from the off and they grabbed the lead with less than 10 minutes played, when Tommy Gillingham cracked a cross into the net first-time.
Matters got even better as Tom Wickens converted from close range to put the home side 2-0 up midway through the first period.
Isca began to stretch the Swindon defence and forced goalkeeper Alan Gough into some crucial saves, but Jake Biddle nearly extended the lead at the other end when his strike was turned onto the bar by the goalkeeper.
On the stroke of half time, Isca got themselves back in the game with a well-worked penalty corner and in the second half, they continued this momentum.
The visitors smashed in six unanswered goals which included three in the last seven minutes, as Swindon legs tired.
North Wilts made it four wins out of four in East Central 1 as they despatched combative Bath Buccs F in a heated affair.
The league leaders were just 1-0 up heading into the break, but raced away in the second half to record a 5-0 victory.
Dominic Ellis scored the only goal of the first period from a short corner; flicking high into the roof of the net from the left side of the circle.
North Wilts were wasteful at times and goalkeeper Neil Smith was called into action more often than in previous weeks, leading to a stern half-time team talk.
Some 10 minutes after the break, a penalty flick was awarded for a deliberate foot on the line and North Wilts skipper Tom Wilson buried low and hard.
Playing with more confidence and freedom, the visitors exerted their authority and debutant Cameron Young performed well in his first game in central midfield.
The third goal arrived following a scramble in the circle, with the ball eventually falling to Ellis who rolled into the empty net.
Max Bartholomew added a fourth with a blistering reverse stick strike before Darran Cragg crowned the gritty performance with a tap-in at the back post.
In Central 2, Wootton Bassett notched up their first victory of the season as they defeated Swindon A 5-3.
North Wilts A secured their maiden triumph in 2012/13 with a 2-0 win against Wootton Bassett B in East Central 2.
Damian Holland sent the former side into the break 1-0 up after a strike from long range.
After the break Alex Green - in his last match for the club - struck a disguised shot past the keeper.
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