HOCKEY: Barnes blitz seals Bassett win
WOOTTON Bassett held on to top spot in East Central One as Kyle Barnes scored 11 goals in their resounding 21-1 victory over Chippenham B.
After a shaky first couple of minutes Bassett got the scoring under way when Barnes converted a cross before Matt Daniell followed up shortly afterwards for his first of the day.
Two minutes later Mark Skivington converted with a tomahawk from the top of the semi-circle and just a minute later Tom Ponting converted from a short corner with an unstoppable finish before Barnes added his second and Mark Tolley made it six.
Daniell added his second before Barnes completed his hat-trick to leave the score at 8-0 to the home side at the break.
The second half started in a similar fashion, with Skivington scoring and Barnes quickly adding another two before an own goal made it 12-0.
Over the next 12 minutes Barnes added another six goals to take his tally to eleven, with assists coming from all angles.
Mark Turner then got in on the act and Daniell completed his first hat-trick of the season before Skivington completed his hat-trick, although the biggest cheer of the game came when Tim McKendrick netted a late consolation for Chippenham.
The Bassett men made it a weekend win double as they won a tough vase match 3-1 to progress to round two at the expense of Wotton-under-Edge.
Bassett started on the front foot against a team from two leagues above as they created a succession of chances in front of goal for talisman Barnes, but the unpredictably bouncy pitch proved a thorn in the away team’s side and each chance went begging.
As the half wore on Wootton started to show their class and took the lead a minute before the break as they managed to slot the ball past keeper Joe Sodden despite a string of saves from the Bassett stopper.
A downpour at the interval made things easier for Bassett to pass the ball around and create chances and they were soon level when Tolley found Turner who thumped home.
They were soon in front as continued Bassett pressure told as Daniell finished with a sweetly struck reverse strike and Turner soon slotted home to complete an impressive victory.
Bassett’s second-string lost 5-2 to Wootton-Under-Edge A despite goals from Stu Bell and John Devlin, while the 3rds lost to Chippenham D 2-0.
While the men’s first team enjoyed a superb weekend it was not such a good one for Bassett Ladies as they crashed 5-1 to Bristol University 2nds, and although the 2nds beat Frome 1-0 the 3rds were hammered 9-0 by Chippenham 3rds.