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Rampant Salisbury blast to 9-0 victory
REVENGE was sweet for Salisbury Hockey Club’s Ladies, who avenged last season’s surprise defeat by Cirencester by a resounding 9-0 margin at Bemerton.
With overnight leaders Bretforton losing 4-3 to Chippenham, Salisbury are now top of West League Premier Division 2A, writes Mike Vimpany.
Kate Behan’s early goal gave Salisbury the perfect lift off but, despite dominating play, the city girls were unable to add to their tally for almost 20 minutes.
But a pre-half-time burst, when Salisbury scored three times in quick succession, blew Cirencester out of the game.
A Kerry McCollum brace – her second followed a fine run by teenager Hannah Easterbrook – and a fourth goal by Jenna Whittle effectively tied things up by half time.
Frustrated, Cirencester put their bodies on the line with some aggressive tackling, but Salisbury maintained their composure and went on to celebrate their best win in the past six seasons.
McCollum, on her debut, hit a second half hat-trick and Tilda Hewitt scored two more as Salisbury ran out 9-0 winners, a result which gives them a two point lead at the top going into their next game against Chippenham on Saturday week.
Salisbury: Louise Davidson, Lisa Lovatt, Ellen Trott, Kate Behan, Jenna Whittle, Sarah Dunn, Claire Hobbs, Kerry McCollum, Sonia Ribeiro, Jess Hirst, Tilda Hewitt, Hannah Easterbrook, Lily Hitchings.
ALISON Thake scored for Salisbury Ladies fifths on Saturday during their 1-1 draw with Swanage and Wareham thirds. Their next game is away to Poole on Saturday, November 9 at 11.30am.
SALISBURY Men’s clawed back a two goal deficit only to suffer a 3-2 Hampshire/Surrey Regional Division 2 defeat by Basingstoke at Down Grange.
Skipper Tom Morton, who scored close on half time with a delicate flick from a penalty corner routine, described the result as “frustrating” and said that his Salisbury side “had played much better than they had done against Old Kingstonian the previous week”.
“Basingstoke have some pacey forwards and we struggled to cope,” Morton said.
Grant Rouse and Dean Record gave the hosts a 2-0 lead, before Morton’s goal got Salisbury back in the match.
Fit again Rory MacTaggart celebrated his return to the line-up with a fine individualist goal, but a succession of late penalty corners bore fruit for Basingstoke, with Graham Long hitting their winner.
JUNIORS Salisbury Hawks under 12s boys were part of a ninegoal thriller on Sunday - but were on the end of a 6-3 defeat to Salisbury Harriers.
Despite defeat, Hawks put in an encouraging performance as youngster Edward Wade netted a hat-trick.