HOCKEY: Devizes dominate derby as Marlborough draw blank
10:00am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Sport
DEVIZES produced a fine display of attacking hockey to clinch a 6-1 victory over Chippenham in their opening-day Davis Wood League Central One derby.
The visitors took control right from the start and broke the deadlock when a cross from Tom Alsop found Andy Tookey, who dispatched from close range.
Chippenham goalkeeper Leo Barker was in fine form with a string of saves, but Devizes added two more before half time as Ollie Smith’s reverse-stick strike and Josh Bond’s pounce on a rebound found the net.
Chippenham did have some good breaks on the counter attack and forced John Rheinberg into a fine stick save in the Devizes goal.
But after the break, Devizes grabbed a fourth as Bond put in the rebound off an Alsop drag-flick.
The fifth was tapped home by Charlie Coleman as Smith picked up on the loose ball and committed the keeper.
Chippenham grabbed a consolation as a lifted hit from Andy Edwards was picked from the air by Mark Knight just in front of goal.
However, Devizes still had enough momentum to grab another goal through Andy Tookey to complete a convincing victory.
James Dalloway struck a hat-trick as Chippenham D were also 6-1 winners, this time against North Wilts A in East Central Two.
Dalloway opened the account with the only goal before half time, Ian Gould adding two quick goals and Jackson Corry Duff also netting.
MARLBOROUGH’S opening encounter in the Davis Wood League Conference North ended in a stalemate at old rivals Team Bath Buccs B.
Employing a new 4-3-3 formation the visitors, relegated from the Championship last season, created first-half chances, young striker Will Radnedge hitting the post with a dink over the onrushing goalkeeper.
Buccs controlled the majority of second-half possession, but Marlborough’s goal was rarely threatened.
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