SWINDON & DISTRICT LEAGUE: Tawny hit ten to go top

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Tawny Owl hit ten goals as they thumped North Swindon WMC to move top of the Swindon & District Premier Division.

Goals from Kenny Hawkins (4), Jack Allen (3), Lewis Waldon (2) and Ryan Fry completed the comprehensive win, but despite finding the net ten times, boss Aj Sahota believes they could’ve had even more.

“It was nice to get to double figures but in all honesty the score should’ve been much more,” he said.

“We were 2-0 up at half time but had we been more clinical this should have been at least seven or eight by the break.

“In the second half we were better and in the end the scoreline demonstrated our dominance.

“It was nice to get our first clean sheet of the season which we should definitely be getting more of.”

And moving forward, Sahota will be looking to make use of the large, talented squad he has at his disposal.

“We will continue to rotate the squad where we can as we have a good tight-knit bunch and want to keep everyone happy,” he said.

“Looking at the fixtures, weather-permitting, we have a good run of games without a weekend off for a while.

“Hopefully this will help us gel better as a team and be a lot more ruthless in front of goal.”

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Swindon Centurians were 3-0 home winners over Spectrum.

The Centurians found themselves 2-0 up at the interval courtesy of goals from Jake Wayman and Matthew Flannelly before a late goal from Gary Donnelly secured the three points.

In Division One, New Town Allstars pulled off an impressive fightback as they were 5-4 winners at Chiseldon.

Chiseldon were quickly into their stride and were 2-0 courtesy of two long range efforts from Stewart Parsons and Frankie Hunt.

But the Allstars pulled a goal back through Adam Burston to half the deficit before Luke Mitchell grabbed Chiseldon’s third before half time.

The second half was a much different affair as two further goals for Burston, one for James Lewis and an excellent 30 yard left foot strike by Dan Stevens had the Allstars 5-3 ahead.

Luke Mitchell pulled a late goal back for the hosts but it wasn’t enough, and despite a rallying call to his players after a disappointing performance last weekend, New Town Allstars boss James Aghabi was once again frustrated with aspects of the performance.

“We had a much changed team from last week, key players back but then other key players missing due to injury and work commitments,” he said.

“Despite what I said prior to the game the lads went out and clearly thought Chiseldon were going to lay down for us but they came out spirited and fighting.

“They scored 2 quick goals which came from our sloppiness in midfield.

“A formation change from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 at half time and some harsh words from myself and our captain clearly spurred the boys into life.”

But despite the first half showing, Aghabi praised the resilience of his players as they fought back to earn the victory.

“Despite our poor first half, which is the worst I’ve seen us this season, we showed spirit to get the goals we needed to put the game to bed.

“I always expect better but I have to remember that this is our first season and only our seventh game as a team.

“Things will improve and with the squad we have, if we play to our potential, we’ll be there or there abouts at the end of the season.”

Also in Division One, league leaders Stratton Juniors failed to win for the second week running as they were held to a 3-3 home draw by Core Construction.

Lyneham moved into sixth position as they overcame Marlborough Reserves 4-2.

Adam Crawford’s brace along with Matthew Kennedy and Tom Passingham goals was enough to see off Marlborough as Ali Mair and Wayne Presely were on target for the visitors.