So near yet so far yesterday as we went down 4-3 away to division leaders Swindon A. Fortunately for us the game before over-ran because there was no sign of our goalie, Mike Lilley. The umpires were lenient and gave us a few minutes which was long enough for Mike to appear, having been given duff directions by a local (obviously connected to the Swindon hockey club). The game started evenly but we went 1-0 down from a relatively soft shot on the right-hand side of the D. For once, we had started well and were playing really controlled passing hockey, transferring the ball across the back and waiting for openings to appear. The equaliser came with a bit of Dan brilliance, flicking over the keeper from a tight angle. We went behind again from a soft goal when one of their players mis-controlled the ball in the D, wrong-footing everyone, and one of their strikers was quickest to the loose ball. The equaliser came from a Dan flick at a short, then just before half-time we took the lead as Curtis swept in a bouncing pass from Dan. 3-2 up at half-time against the league leaders, and deservedly so! We decided to keep the tactics the same at half-time but we weren’t able to cope with the initial onslaught from Swindon, conceding the equaliser within five minutes of the restart and going behind from a deflected short. Swindon then sat deep and defended their lead, getting everyone behind the ball. We had several shorts but we were unable to replicate the clinical finishing of the first half. The writing was on the wall when we were denied a clear P-flick when the ball was stopped from going in by a defender’s leg. A good performance, very unlucky, but Swindon said we were the best side they’d played. Man-of-the-match was Ross Williams for his tireless running in midfield and control of the game.