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Hockey: Cardiff's five star show keeps a firm grip on Premier Division lead.

CARDIFF & UWIC men's first team completed their 12th consecutive win and 16th of the season, as they convincingly beat Exeter-based ISCA 5-0.

T he victory leaves Cardiff 11 points clear at the top of the West of England and South Wales Premier Division with four games remaining, and are now firm favourites to represent the league in the end of season play-offs for promotion to the English National League.

Cardiff started strongly against ISCA with the first goal coming with just over a minute gone.

Some quick passing left player of the match Galih Singh with some space at the top of the circle to strike home his second goal of the season.

The second goal came 20 minutes later from Cardiff's third penalty corner as Stephen Perchard scored from a straight hit.

Cardiff continued to pepper the ISCA goal, but were unable to score.

The second half saw Cardiff produce some quality periods of hockey, similar to that which saw them convincingly beat second-placed Gloucester City the previous week.

This period led to Cardiff scoring two quick goals, one to David Samuels and the other to James Astley, which effectively finished the game as a contest. The last goal was scored by Mark Gardiner from another penalty corner strike.

Next weekend Cardiff travel to Bristol to face seventh-placed Westbury, where they will be looking for another strong performance.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 20, 2008
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