HOCKEY: Swindon hold students in last Champ match
SWINDON drew 2-2 with Plymouth University in their final game in the Davis Wood Championship.
Having already been relegated for the second successive year, after struggling to cope with losing 12 players from the previous campaign’s squad, Swindon were playing for pride against the Devon students.
From the start Swindon dominated and in the first half the hosts were in total control. Henry Cheney made the most of his side’s ascendancy, smashing home the opener midway through the opening period.
Swindon added a second with 5 minutes of the half remaining. Tom Wickens ghosted into the area and got on the end of a Jim Towers cross, deflecting it into the corner of the students’ goal giving the keeper no chance.
The second half saw role reversal, however, and Plymouth enjoyed the lion’s share of the possession.
Two early goals saw them draw level and they battled hard for the winning goal they needed to prevent themselves being relegated.
With a handful of minutes remaining on the clock after a mistake in defence, home keeper Alan Gough made a crucial save to keep the sides level.
It would turn out to be enough to send the students down after other results went against them they were relegated on goal difference.
Swindon’s teams are now on a summer break, with some players representing Wiltshire in the county championships in Truro in May.