HOCKEY: Double blow for Swindon Ladies
AN INJURY to top scorer Vicki Stokes completed a disappointing day for Swindon at Chippenham.
Swindon lost 1-0 in the Premier Division 2A clash after Stokes was forced off in the first half after being hit in the head by the ball.
The visitors had the better of the play in the first period, with Linda Brouwers a menace on the right of midfield and youngster Chloe Lewis dangerous up front.
Right-back Gael Little regularly snuffed out Chippenham attacks down the flank before Stokes was forced off.
After the break, Swindon started brightly but against the run of play, Chippenham broke into the circle and the home striker knocked the ball home.
Despite further pressure from the away side, Chippenham held on. Player of the match went to Little.
Wootton Bassett also lost 1-0, this time at Cheltenham CS in North Division.
North Wilts had no game but the second-string did play at home to South Glos in Berkeley Division 3, losing 1-0.
The hosts’ Rebecca Bean drove into the D in the first half, but just failed to break the deadlock.
South Glos then capitalised on poor positioning to take the lead and only excellent goalkeeping kept the margin that narrow at half-time.
After the break Gaby Bickell and Chloe Wheatly combined to create a chance for Danni Cremin, but again North Wilts were denied.
Beth Lloyd had a shot saved by the South Glos keeper and there were no further goals in the match.
Swindon 2nds thumped West Wilts 3rds 4-0 in Wessex Division 2.
The goals were scored by captain Lou Siddorn, Sue Roberts, Nicola Wylie and Kim Taylor, while player of the match went to defender Sarah Dugmore.
Meanwhile, North Wilts youngster Dani Hopping has been selected by England Hockey as one of around 15 youth coaches to represent the authority at the National Young Coaches Academy at Loughborough University this weekend.
The event, in its second year, will be attended by coaches of various sports, including athletics and swimming.