SWINDON SUNDAY LEAGUE: Dynamo Ashton turn formbook upside down
5:30am Tuesday 14th January 2014 in By Andy Warren, Deputy sports editor, email@example.com, @AndyWarren_
DYNAMO Ashton caused the shock of the weekend in the Swindon Sunday League and also surprised themselves as they won 4-2 away at Division Three leaders West Swindon Wanderers.
Ashton sat joint-bottom of the table going into the clash, with only one win to their name all season, but a brace from Steve Howse and goals from Alexander Harper and Sam Lewis were enough to earn three valuable points.
Dynamo boss James Hockin admitted the result had taken him by surprise, given his side’s form this season, but with the rare luxury of having a full squad to chose from the manager was delighted to take advantage.
“It came as a bit of a shock because it was our first win for ages, but it was great to get the win,” he said.
“We have such a big squad but we aren’t often able to get our best 11 out because we have a bit of an older team with a lot of commitments. This was the first time we’ve been able to do it really and it just happened to be a week when it all came together.
“Every week when I send the text out to see who’s available we quite often end up scraping the barrel a little and last time we played West Swindon we only had 10 players available.
“This time we got the best players together and we showed what we can do. Man for man we were the better team and controlled it in the midfield and our strikers were superb.”
Ashton’s next game is against bottom side Tap & Barrel but Hockin is trying to stay grounded despite their victory over the leaders.
“It could be one of those where one week you beat the team at the top and then lose to the one at the bottom and we need to be on our toes to make sure that doesn’t happen,” he said.
“We are looking up now and hopefully we can get the same 11 out next week and pick up a few more points between now and the end of the season.”
While almost every other Sunday League clash was postponed due to the weather, Castrol and the Wheatsheaf drew the only Division One game 1-1 and KC Globe progressed to the semi-finals of the Knockout Cup with a 6-4 win over Greyhound. Michael Sullivan and Joey Dejager both scored hat-tricks, leaving Globe boss Terry Offer delighted with his side’s performance.
“It was a good game that any neutral would have enjoyed and it was played in the right spirit,” he said. “It’s good to get one over our rivals because our landlord and their landlord are friends and we played really well.
“They are from the league above us so it was a bit of a surprise but we are very happy with the result.”