SKATER HOCKEY: Flames on fire against Bulldogs
6:00am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Latest News
SWINDON Flames Juniors earned their second victory in as many games with a 7-3 win over Banbury Bulldogs at Spiceball Leisure Centre.
The Flames were shortbenched and gave an unconvincing display, but nonetheless triumphed convincingly in the end.
With the match only 30 seconds old, a seemingly harmless lob from the halfway line ended up nestling in the Flames goal as the hosts took the lead.
While the Flames attempted to take the game to Banbury, they lacked their usual fluidity and were struggling to get their passing game going. Nevertheless, Ryan Couling-King levelled matters minutes later and soon after Alex Baker put his side in front.
The visitors were unable to press home their advantage and a stray cross-field pass was intercepted, allowing Banbury to equalise.
But Baker and Jack Townsend found the net twice before half-time to put their side 4-2 ahead.
Harry Lane further increased the advantage at the start of the second period, but Flames then made life hard for themselves by conceding needless minor penalties.
The visitors were two men down when Banbury scored a third and further penalties followed for both sides in an increasingly combative encounter. In the final two minutes, Baker completed his hat-trick and 15 seconds later Couling-King grabbed his second to put the polish on victory.
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