SUNDAY LEAGUE: Cooking on Gas
AFC Gas kept up their perfect record to remain top of Swindon Sunday League Division One as they battled to a 2-1 win over lowly Inter Sandgate.
Terry Sharland and John Cook scored the goals for the league leaders to make it five wins from five despite having to do without number of their regular players due to unavailability.
Manager Alan Blake was pleased with the way his players battled to take all three points and was delighted to have kept up their immaculate opening to the season.
“We are absolutely delighted with the result because we had to play the game with five of our usual players missing which obviously made things a little harder but we got through it,” he said.
“The guys played well and battled away to get the win which was very pleasing because it kept up our great start to the season.
“Maybe we should have beaten them by a few more but every team in our league is a good side and no game is easy, so we were just pleased to win.
“We played them earlier in the season and beat them 5-2 but we are just as happy with this win.”
Elsewhere in the division, The Dolphin remain second after their 5-3 win over Greyhound and it was all square in the games between Trak FC and Penhill United and Wheatsheaf and Castrol.
The top two in Division Two, SKS Blyskawica and Running Horse, were not in action this weekend and Windmill took the chance to move level at the top as they beat bottom side AFC Tap & Barrel 3-1.
Dynamo Ashton are still without a win after losing 5-1 to Wanborough, Dynamo’s goals coming from Richard Payne (2) David Harmer, Andy Forbes and Mark Jones, and Deers Leap beat AC Swindon 3-2.
KC Globe made it four straight wins in Division Three as they beat winless Glevum Commercials 8-1, while Robnor Resins were also big winners in their 7-1 triumph over PL Motor Service.
Smart Movers and Nationwide Pavilion recorded 3-1 wins over Chiseldon Sunday and FS Swindon but Stratton Saints went down 4-3 to Cleeve Tech despite taking an early lead through Adam Wilkins in Division Four.
But the visitors grew into the game they soon took control and a brace from Aidan Doyle and goals from Steve Chappell and Nathaniel Harrison took them to a 4-1 half-time lead.
Saints dragged themselves back into the contest at the start of the second period through Wilkins’ second effort and then reduced the deficit to just a single goal through Mark Brown with 20 minutes remaining, but Cleeve hung on to take the points.
The biggest winners of the week throughout the entire league were Nationwide FC as they beat Rosier Rovers 10-1 in Division Five and in the only other game of the week DH Fitness beat FC Wedge 4-2.
Rug Shack came from 2-0 down to beat Freshbrook 5-3 in Division Six. Wesley Smart began the recovery before Tiago Carriras dragged Shack level and although Freshbrook went ahead again Dwayne Henry’s double and a brilliant Brad Stanners solo goal eventually sealed the victory.
In the weekend’s only Bunny Uzzell Memorial Shield game, Swindon Asians beat Marlborough Casuals 5-4 with a dramatic hat trick from Craig Simmons and one from Simon Gale winning the first round contest.
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