Redhouse continued their dominance in Division Two of the Swindon & District Football League with a 9-0 win against struggling Brockhill, writes Mike Jones.
A hat-trick from Chris Jones helped Redhouse to victory with Kieran Diaz Benitez (2), Louie Sampson, Ryan Thackray, Swinnye Vent and Jack Duffy completing the scoring.
The defeat was Brockhill’s eighth defeat of the season while Redhouse top the division by five points from Swindon AFC.
“It’s an amazing start to 2019 for Redhouse and we see our dominance in the league continue” said manager Adam Ford.
“It’s almost impossible to say how happy I am with our performance which contained style and substance to destroy a team so comprehensively over 90 minutes.
“The football we played today was the best I’ve seen and along with the support from the players and fans on the sidelines made it a special day.
“I think we turned a corner today in the manner we approached the win as our football was so controlled yet so totally devastating and we showed that this brotherhood is way too strong for any opponents.
“I’m so incredibly proud of all the players, fans and this amazing club we call the Redhouse.”
Facing Redhouse on Saturday will be second-placed Swindon AFC, who continued their impressive recent form with a 4-1 win over FC Abbeymeads.
Reece Cass, Nathan Smith and Michael Lam (2) were the goalscorers for Swindon AFC as they held onto second place in the table, with two games in hand from third-placed Spectrum.
Despite starting slowly, Swindon were able to open the lead thanks to Lam, as he cut inside from the right-hand side and buried his shot into the corner of the net.
Soon after, Alex Street was taken down in the box, with Smith converting the penalty.
It was a poor start to the second half for Swindon AFC, as they conceded within the first 10 minutes of the restart but it only acted as a catalyst for them as Cass fought back with a powerful header from a corner.
Lam completed the scoring shortly before the final whistle to cement the three points for Swindon AFC.
Swindon AFC manager Benjamin Wells said: “I am really happy with the performance, especially after the Christmas period and we are now looking forward to a big game against the league leaders Redhouse next week.”
Elsewhere in Division Two, Spectrum scraped a win against a resilient Bassett Bulldogs side and Cricklade Town Reserves and Priory Vale FC were involved in a six-goal thriller, with the scoreline finishing 3-3.
In Division One, Kintbury Rangers Reserves continued their incredible form as they won their seventh game on the bounce, beating North Swindon WMC FC 10-2.
Highworth Town Reserves climbed up the table to third place after beating Village Inn in a narrow 3-2 victory.
Lastly, Wroughton Reserves climbed above Sportz Central as they beat Chiseldon 3-1.
In the Premier Division, Dorcan continued their red-hot form as they beat Bakers Arms FC 3-0 in what proved to be a comfortable victory.
There was 2-2 draw in a bottom-of-the-table clash between Lower Stratton and Marlborough Town Reserves. The draw saw Marlborough pick up their first point of the season.
The highlight of the weekend in the Premier Division was a resounding 4-0 win for Stratton Juniors, as they beat a very strong Ruby Removals side on their home turf.
Goals from Brad Gill (2), Taylor Gill and Josh Padden secured a magnificent three points which saw Juniors put pressure on the league leaders with just one point separated Ruby Removals at the top of the league.
Stratton Juniors manager Craig Bright said “Everyone knows Ruby are a very good team, and they have only lost two games all season, both being against us.
“They play out from the back into midfield, and they are good players who play very well. They’re very strong in tackles and usually manage to score lots of goals, but our defence kept them quiet and Harrison Painter, our goalkeeper, didn’t have much to do.”