April 26, 2019

DISTRICT LEAGUE: Diaz-Benitez blitz sees off Moredon

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Kieran Diaz-Benitez was on scintillating form for Swindon & District League Division Two leaders Redhouse at the weekend as he struck four times to help his side past middle-of-the-table Moredon, writes Mike Jones.

Redhouse showed incredible intensity and purpose from the kick-off, and it was not long before they were presented with a flurry of chances.

Diaz-Benitez scored his first from a valiant effort from 30 yards out, a strike that set the tone for the rest of the game.

The second arrived as Daniel Ricketts’ superb pass set Diaz-Benitez through on goal to make it 2-0 just before the break.

The second half started in similar fashion and a fluid move lead to Will Lewis scoring for his third in four games.

Diaz-Benitez then rounded off the scoring, pickup up his third and fourth goals later on in the game.

Redhouse manager Adam Ford was delighted with the win, saying: “I think we showed great determination and discipline as well as flexibility as Chris Jones started up top and ended as a centre back while Harry Eggleton started alongside Sani H Kaita and ended up front with Chris Ricketts.

“We are currently half way there and five points clear with a very healthy goal difference and no goals against in 270 minutes.”

Elsewhere in Division Two, Spectrum hit nine past a Brockhill side who are still without a win, with the final score finishing up 9-2.

FC Abbeymeads beat a hard-working Priory Vale side 2-0 while Bassett Bulldogs picked up their third win of the season as they won 5-1 against Down Ampney.

There was just one game in the Premier Division this week, as Lower Stratton took on FC Dorcan.

The game finished 2-0 to Dorcan, sending them up to fourth in the league with George Bouverie-Brine’s brace securing their win.

Dorcan boss Jimmy Horwood said: “We kept possession very well all game and had them chasing us around. We should have scored first half but couldn’t put the ball in the net. The pitch is a lot smaller at Grange, so it helped us keep a nice tight defence, and meant we could move the ball a lot quicker.

“Second half we dominated and had a lot of chances, but their keeper was pulling off some great saves! He really kept them in the game.

“The referee was brilliant and sportsmanship from both teams was second to none again.”

In Division One, Swindon Centurions were the talk of the table as they succumbed to their second 16-0 defeat in as many weeks – against the same team – as Wroughton ran riot for the second week running.

In a closer affair, Highworth Town Development scraped past North Swindon WMC FC 2-1 to go up to a total of 13 points.

In the Adver Cup, Division One Kintbury Rangers beat Premier Division Bakers Arms 3-1 to progress to the next round.

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