Hockey: Under-strength Barlaston are made to pay by Bromsgrove
BARLASTON had an afternoon to forget as they suffered a 7-0 home thrashing by Bromsgrove in West Midlands Two.
The pre-match predictions of a tight encounter between two high-flying sides never materialised as late cry-offs meant Barlaston could only field 10 men.
The Swans started gamely and held out for the first 15 minutes, but soon had their wings clipped when Bromsgrove finally hit their stride.
Goalkeeper Chris Amison pulled off save after save early on, but he was eventually beaten when Karl Troth capitalised on a loose ball to slot home.
In an increasingly one-sided affair, Barlaston had their keeper to thank for only being 3-0 adrift at the interval after George Adams and Rammy Arafa found a way past the inspired stopper.
But the outcome was never in doubt, and with Barlaston legs tiring, Bromsgrove took full advantage to put their hosts to the sword.
Bevan Edwards and Max McCloughlin made it five shortly before the hour-mark, with Troth's second and a late penalty corner from Calum Edwards completing the rout.
STAFFORD were beaten 2-1 by mid-table rivals Solihull Blossomfield in their Midlands One encounter.
A double from Marcus Bowen proved to be the difference between the sides, despite Ben Hollands' strike for visiting Stafford.
CREWE Vagrants remain rooted to the foot of North Division One following a 4-2 defeat at Sheffield Hallam.
Pete Cornell and Andrew Ticehurst had early opportunities for Crewe, but failed to convert, which proved costly.
Defensive errors allowed Sheffield to open up a two-goal lead, despite Crewe producing some eye-catching attacking play.
Sheffield added a third early on in the second half, although Crewe continued to create chances.
Ed Beak finally displayed the necessary clinical nature to put the visitors on the scoreboard, but the hosts quickly restored their three-goal cushion.
Crewe plugged away to the end and were rewarded with a second goal when Ticehurst volleyed home Cornell's flick.
SOUTH Cheshire suffered a surprise 6-3 home defeat to Wigan in North Division Two (West).
Wigan arrived sitting second-bottom, but blitzed their mid-table hosts for only a second win of the season.
TRITON returned to winning ways in North West Division Four (South) by thrashing Llandudno 5-1.
Triton had seen their seven-match winning run ended by Neston South Wirral the previous week, but they remain four points clear at the summit following an impressive display.