TWO goals from 14-year-old Chloe Lewis helped Swindon maintain their unbeaten league campaign after a 5-0 away win at local rivals Chippenham in West Clubs Women’s Hockey League Premier Division 2A.
The home side started well and pressurised a nervous Swindon defence but, against the run of play, it was Swindon who opened the scoring when a pass from Gemma Scrase was smashed home by a diving Vicky Stokes.
Although the remaining exchanges of the half were equal, Swindon were grateful for a string of outstanding saves from goalkeeper Sarah Newman to keep the score 1-0 at half-time.
After regrouping at the interval, Swindon found their form and extended their lead within two minutes of the restart. A precise penalty corner was deflected into the net by Linsey Wall, which turned out to be a tipping point for the game as Swindon took full control.
Swindon’s third came five minutes later when strong build-up play created an opportunity for Lewis, whose half-volley cannoned into the net. Lewis quickly followed her first goal with an individually crafted second. After creating her own chance, she elegantly beat the sprawling goalkeeper with a reverse stick lob to make the score 4-0.
The game ended in final flurry of attacking play from Swindon, with Hannah Lewis scoring from a short corner, while Lewis was denied a hat-trick when her shot beat the keeper but bounced back off a post.