HOCKEY: Beaten Swindon find it tough on Championship return
SWINDON’S return to the Championship got off to the worst possible start as they fell to a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Truro.
The Wiltshire side lost six players following their relegation from the Premiership and are rebuilding under new captain Luke Cejer, but his reign got off to the worst possible start as Swindon found themselves under pressure from the start.
The early pressure was quick to tell as the visitors took the lead midway through the first-half, as Swindon lost possession and Truro quickly put together an attack which split the home defence and allowed the Truro forward to finish well.
Swindon came back into the game late in the first-half and were on level terms thanks to Sagee Abuebid after some great play from Tom Wickens and James Lewis.
The half-time whistle saw Swindon take on board the constructive comments of skipper Cejer and they started the second half brightly, but this was short lived as the visitors soon took control of the game The pressure told again as Alan Gough in the Swindon goal allowed a penalty corner to slip under him, and although Swindon were able to build well through the middle their lack of creativity in front of goal and at penalty corners eventually cost them.
Another mistake in the Swindon defence and a questionable umpiring decision cost the home side two more goals late on as they fell to a 4-1 opening day defeat.
Swindon return to action on Saturday when the host ISCA (Exeter) at home at 12.30pm.