SKATER HOCKEY: Spits double up at Dorcan
6:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Latest News
LEAGUE leaders Swindon Spitfires consolidated their position at the top of the Bisha SW Senior Skater Hockey League with two impressive victories.
The weekends’ events at Dorcan Leisure Centre have set up an exciting final weekend where Spitfires and Cardiff Panthers meet in the final game which will almost certainly decide the league champions.
Although Spitfires eventually beat Swindon Chiefs 12-2 the leaders were sluggish by their own high standards against the league’s bottom side, as they only edged the opening period 3-2.
Periods two and three produced nine goals as youngsters Jack Townsend and Will Harding both netted hat-tricks, and in their second game against Sprint Raiders the Spitfires were in control from the off as they led 3-0 at the end of period one.
The Raiders came back strongly as Michael Gibbons and Chris Cooke netted without reply, but Spitfires upped their game in the final period with four further goals to win 7-3. John Spence scored three while Will Crowder got two for the league leaders.
In their second game of the day Raiders faced the Panthers and went down 12-6, with six goals coming in the opening period before the two teams shared 10 goals in the final session.
The double defeat saw the Sprint Raiders slip a place in the table.
The Swindon Devils were forced to forfeit their game against Oxford Blues as they could only field a netminder and three outfield players when their game was due on, but some late arrivals meant that they could field a strong team when they faced Swindon Stars.
It was the Stars who arrived short-handed this time and the Devils took full advantage to register their first ever league victory. Nathan Shilton put the Devils in front in the first period and they pressed further ahead in the second with four more goals. Dave Morton netted for the Stars in the third to prevent a shut-out but the Devils scored five more for a 10-1 win with Matt Baxter (5) and Jamie Baker (2) taking the scoring honours for the Devils.
Oxford Blues enjoyed victory against the unfortunate Stars but were made to work extremely hard for the points before running out 5-2 winners.
In the day’s other game the Devils beat the Chiefs 11-2 with Matt Baxter and Alex Baker each scoring four.
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