SWINDON & DISTRICT LEAGUE: It’s 11th heaven for Tawny Owl

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Tawny Owl made it two wins from two in the Swindon & District League Premier Division as they eased past Spectrum 11-1 at Moredon Rec, writes Josh Bird.

Jack Allan and Kenny Hawkins both netted four goals for the home side with Danny Hyde, Ryan Fry and Scott Price also getting in on the act to round off a comfortable win and boss Aj Sahota is pleased with the squad he has at his disposal.

“We have another good squad this year and what was particularly pleasing was that we managed to rotate the team about a bit,” Sahota said.

“We brought four different players in to start and two who came off the bench were making their debuts but even still we managed to win convincingly 11-1.”

And Sahota reserved special praise for his on-form strikers.

“The football we played was pleasing and it was nice to see both our front men get four goals each,” he said.

“Both Jack Allan and Kenny Hawkins deserve credit for their performances.

“Jack played carrying an injury so credit to him and Kenny always seems to be in the right place at the right time to find the back of the net.

“We don’t have a game for another couple of weeks but when we do we will rotate it again and keep everyone involved throughout the season.”

Sportz Central earned a well-earned point after a 1-1 draw away at league leaders Swindon Spitfires.

Alisto Pires grabbed the goal for the away side to secure a draw in a well-contested battle.

Deers Leap earned their first three points of the season with a thumping win over Village Inn with Adam Jack on form hitting a hat-trick.

There were also goals for Phil Mapstone, Mikey Jack, Levi Kuenen, Ashton Glover, Callum Maslin and Aiden Henshaw to round off a comprehensive victory.

Bassett Bulldogs were unable to maintain their 100 per cent record after narrowly going down to Swindon Centurions despite a late rally.

A brace from Ricky Hewitson and a goal from Nick Frost put the Centurions into a commanding lead.

But a late response saw goals from Riccardo Serratore and Jason Hudson bring the Bulldogs back into the game but they were unable to find a leveller.

The points were shared between FC Dorcan and North Swindon WMC after a 4-4 draw at Sevenfields.

North Swindon had to contend with losing their goalkeeper through injury with 15 minutes remaining but they were still able to restore parity as goals from James Hodson, Jamie Watts, Liam Ballard and Liam Robins earned them a point.

Sean Broomfield grabbed two whilst Chandler Cooper and Carl Read were both on the scoresheet for FC Dorcan.

In Division One, New Town Allstars made it back-to-back wins with a narrow 3-2 away victory at Core Construction.

And after an opening day defeat for New Town, manager James Aghabi has been delighted with his team’s response.

“Today’s game was a test for us as Core Construction are a tidy side with some quality players,” Aghabi said.

“I’m very proud of our team having the quality and commitment to dig in and get the result.

“After our first game of the season, it could have been bad for us but we showed character and have bounced back with two straight wins.”

Core Construction went ahead after a positive early start but Joe Murphy was on hand to find an equaliser.

New Town then went ahead through Stephen Jackson but Core Construction hit back to level the match once again.

But it was a great strike from James Lewis which settled proceedings and Aghabi is upbeat about his side’s chances of a strong league campaign.

“We definitely have the right calibre of players to challenge at the top of the league and hopefully put together a good cup run too,” he said.

“We’re a new team and I’m ecstatic that the lads have bonded so well and the team spirit and banter is better than any team I’ve been involved with.

“This wouldn’t have been possible without our sponsor Craig Brown at First Choice Heating, so massive thanks to him too.”

Haydon Wick registered their first league win of the season, beating Swindon AFC 6-2.

Yasuhiro Ohno was the star for Haydon Wick with four goals including a first-half hat-trick, with Chris Jones and Daniel Ricketts grabbing goals of their own and club Captain Adam Ford was pleased with his team’s attacking play.

“The match between the two clubs was played in a good spirit with both teams searching for their first win of the season,” Ford said.

“We looked dangerous throughout the game, scoring early on after some good one touch football and they continued to keep possession of the ball with the stand out goal coming from the left back Chris Jones.

“During the second half we played against the wind and maintained possession and Yasu Ono scored his fourth and final goal of the game after great approach play from James Mingard.

“Our target for the season will be to finish in the top four and play possession football.”

Stratton Juniors remained on top of Division One, winning a third straight match to start their season.

Stratton were able to control the game from start to finish with Danny Ballinger, Ryan Major and Callum grabbing a goal apiece in a 3-0 away win at Marlborough Reserves.

Lower Stratton moved in to second position with a 4-0 home victory over Chiseldon.

In a well contested match, William Hooton, Jamie Saunders and Diogo Casiniro were all on the scoresheet to secure a second win from two matches for the hosts.

Sports 4 Pinehurst also registered a second consecutive win as they were 3-2 victors away at Wroughton Reserves.