12 Apr 2015 - Swindon Town Development (H)
The two teams met for the first time in a friendly fixture at Ballards Ash, Wootton Bassett Town Ladies the victors in a closely contested 1-0 win. A Lisa Curtis goal part way through the first half sealed the win for the home team.
The game was played in good spirits, but windy conditions with both teams trying to get the ball down to play some passing football. Bassett made the stronger start with plenty of chances on the Swindon Town goal, but missed opportunities saw them frustrated. The young Swindon side passed the ball well in midfield and did create a few chances of their own, but the through balls forward were snuffed out by captain and player of the match Laura Jefferies.
Bassett's goal came in the first half when patient build-up play and passing resulted in Curtis scoring for the third game on the bounce as she finds her feet in her new team. Much of the same followed in the second half with Bassett pressing well, but unable to find the final decisive ball through to extend the lead.
The game was an ideal opportunity to play players in different positions and try new things, which was useful and resulted in a solid team performance. A good full debut from Jasmine Self showed she was capable of playing in various positions. And the team welcomed back goalkeeper Leah Blanchard after a break away at Chelsea Academy and University, and she enjoyed a good half on pitch at right midfield before taking her place between the sticks to allow regular goalkeeper Sarah Humphries a run out up front.
Bassett Ladies now have a week off before facing Highworth Town Ladies in another friendly ahead of a trip to AEK Boco for their final league game of the season on 10th May.
Last modified on Monday 22nd June 2015 at 23:39