Ladies cede ground in title race

Sunday 08 April 2018 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 08 April 2018 at 17:56)

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Ladies fell to a 3-1 loss against Portishead Town, meaning their lead over their nearest title rivals has been cut to a single point.

Gerard Buxton Sports Ground, 8th April 2018

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Ladies finally surrendered their unblemished South West Women's Football League Eastern Division record as they were defeated 3-1 by title rivals Portishead Town.

The teams had drawn 1-1 when they met a fortnight ago in Somerset, though Bassett were the happier of the teams at the end of that contest, holding on to preserve a point.

Becky Gammon's side were therefore hoping for a more favourable afternoon when Portishead visited Wiltshire, but ultimately they came up short.

Portishead again edged the game and were arguably the better team.

After an equal opening twenty five minutes, it was the visitors who went in front courtesy of a stunning strike set up from a corner.

Bassett equalised on the stroke of half time though as Laura Gammon was brought down in the box and Cara Costello put away the penalty.

Portishead looked the stronger of the sides following the restart. Yet they would have to wait until just quarter of an hour remained to reclaim the lead, seizing upon an unfortunate defensive error.

A decisive third then followed five minutes later, and while Bassett gave it their all to salvage a lifeline, it wasn't meant to be.

Despite the result, Bassett still sit top of the table, a point ahead of Portishead.

However, it adds extra importance to the two fixtures Bassett have against third place side Swindon Town Development, who still trail by five points after defeat against Team Mendip.

And with fourth place Almondsbury still to play, Bassett surely now need to win all of their remaining fixtures to lay claim to the title.

What's certain is that it's now set to be an ever more fascinating conclusion to the campaign.

Other Match Reports

Thu 17th May 2018 - Cheltenham Town Development (A)

Sun 13th May 2018 - Oldland Abbotonians (A)

Wed 9th May 2018 - Frome Town Ladies (A)

Thu 3rd May 2018 - Swindon Town Development (H)

Thu 19th Apr 2018 - Swindon Town Development (A)

Sun 15th Apr 2018 - Swindon Town Development (N)

Sun 8th Apr 2018 - Portishead Town (H)

Sun 25th Mar 2018 - Portishead Town (A)

Sun 11th Mar 2018 - Swindon Spitfires (A)

Sun 25th Feb 2018 - St Nicholas Reserves (H)

Sun 18th Feb 2018 - FC Chippenham (H)

Sun 4th Feb 2018 - Team Mendip (H)

Sun 7th Jan 2018 - Swindon Spitfires (A)

Sun 3rd Dec 2017 - Laverstock and Ford (H)

Sun 12th Nov 2017 - Frome Town Ladies (H)

Sun 5th Nov 2017 - FC Chippenham (A)

Sun 29th Oct 2017 - Oldland Abbotonians (H)

Sun 22nd Oct 2017 - Team Mendip (A)

Sun 8th Oct 2017 - Almondsbury (H)

Sun 1st Oct 2017 - The Market Lavington and Easterton United (A)

Sun 24th Sep 2017 - Cheltenham Civil Service (A)

Sun 17th Sep 2017 - Swindon Spitfires (H)

Sun 10th Sep 2017 - St Nicholas Reserves (A)

Sun 3rd Sep 2017 - AFC Bournemouth (H)