HOCKEY: Stokes scores four to beat Ciren
VICKY Stokes scored four goals as Swindon Ladies secured a 5-2 victory over local rivals Cirencester.
Swindon dominated the early stages of the contest and took the lead within three minutes when Gemma Scrase released Stokes to score from close range.
Poor defending and an inability to clear the ball allowed Cirencester to level but just before half time Stokes grabbed her second goal after Adrianna Boullosa had drawn the goalkeeper out of position.
Swindon extended their lead to 3-1 when Stokes made the most of concerted pressure to score a typically opportunistic close-range goal and complete her hat-trick.
After Stokes scored her fourth from a well-worked short corner Cirencester rallied to score with 15 minutes left, but Swindon took control and scored a fifth when Rachel King fired in a powerful shot at the end of the game.
The Swindon men didn’t fare quite so well as they went down to a 5-1 away defeat to Exeter Uni C.
The Wiltshire side were never really in contention after conceding three goals in the opening seven minutes and, although they did create a number of opportunities, Swindon only found the net once as Henry Cheney struck in the opening period.
Soon after the students broke away to score their fourth following a Swindon penalty corner and, while Swindon did put in a decent display in the second period, the youngsters added one more to complete an easy win.