GALLERY: Swindon v Hereford

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View our gallery from Swindon Ladies’ win against Hereford at the weekend taken by photographer James Booth.

Swindon Ladies got their Premier Division 2A campaign off to a winning start after beating Hereford 4-3.

First blood went to the visitors Hereford as they opened the scoring after Swindon gave possession away in midfield.

Swindon though responded when Victoria Stokes deflected a pass from Linda Brouwers into the Hereford net to level.

Teenager Chloe Lewis then gave the home side the lead, driving a penalty corner past the Hereford goalkeeper.

Poor defending after the break allowed Hereford to level and, after Swindon had a flurry of penalty corners saved, the visitors took the lead from a penalty corner of their own.

With just 15 minutes to go, Swindon were left chasing the game but they drew level with just five minutes remaining when Brouwers scored from a penalty corner.

And just as the game looked to be heading for a draw, Stokes stepped up to score a late, late winner to get Swindon’s season off to a flyer.

Swindon’s Men also got their season off to a sensational start, winning 5-1 away at Whitchurch in Conference North.

Like the ladies, Swindon’s men fell behind early on and could have been further adrift but for some superb keeping from veteran Alan Gough.

Gough’s saves proved crucial just before the break when Chris Parsons rolled the ball to Jim Towers to bring the scores level.

Early in the second half Swindon went ahead from a short corner with Towers moving the ball to Steve Dixon who in turn fired across goal for Tom Goldsmith to score.

Thomas Lentschner fired Swindon further in front after Phil Scarisbrick played him in to score from close range.

Lentschner then fired his second goal, firing into the top corner, before completing his hat-trick and a fine win for Swindon.