FOOTBALL ROUND-UP : Three More for Thorne

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Peter Thorne enhanced his reputation as one of the bargains of the First Division season with a hat-trick in Swindon's 5-2 win at West Bromwich Albion yesterday, writes Rupert Metcalf.

The pounds 200,000 signing from Blackburn has now scored eight goals in 11 games since joining Swindon, who are striving to avoid a second successive relegation. All the goals came in the second half: Andy Hunt struck first for Albion but Thorne soon equalised. Tony Rees put the Baggies ahead again but Jan ge Fjrtoft levelled once more, before Swindon hit three goals in the last 10 minutes - one from Ty Gooden and then two from the prolific Thorne.

"It was a magnificent comeback," Swindon's player-manager, Steve McMahon, said. "We have been threatening a performance like that for a while and it was pleasing to see things come right. My aim when I came here was to ensure we could never be considered weak opposition."

Further up the table, Bruce Rioch was another happy manager after his Bolton side won 1-0 at Millwall yesterday, thanks to a late goal from John McGinlay against his old club. …