HOCKEY: Bassett's procession continues with West Wilts thrashing
WOOTTON Bassett’s romp to the Davis Wood Hockey League East Central 1 title continued at the weekend with a 9-1 thrashing of West Wilts B away from home.
West Wilts were previously unbeaten at home going into the match but Bassett maintained their extraordinary 100 per cent record with a devastating display of freescoring hockey.
The hosts sprang out of the blocks and took the lead in the opening minute, leaving Bassett trailing in a league match for only the second time this season.
Things went from bad to worse for the visitors, as midfielder Ali Sammon suffered a head injury to take him out of the game, but they regrouped and pulled the scores level when Mark Turner threaded a ball through for Kyle Barnes to provide the finish.
Kristian Mansfield then added a second from a penalty corner before Turner increased Bassett's lead. Mansfield played in Barnes for his second of the day to put the visitors 4-1 up at the break.
Bassett took the opportunity to reorganise during the break and came out much stronger in the second half. Two quick goals from Barnes at the start of the period put the result beyond doubt before Turner added his second of the day and Matt Daniell added a drag-flick from another penalty corner.
The scoring was complete when Daniell fired a ball into the circle and it deflected into the goal off a West Wilts stick.
The victory leaves Bassett 10 points clear at the top of the table, needing just two more wins to secure the league title.
Next Sunday the RAF Under 23s will be visiting Bassett for a friendly match in the run up to the inter-services tournament the following weekend. The match starts at 1pm at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy.
Elsewhere, Bassett B lost 3-2 to Bath Buccs G. A depleted squad managed goals courtesy of Nick Thomson and Tom Fieldsend. Fieldsend was named joint man of the match with James Gregory.