Ladies sputter in Spitfires loss

Sunday 07 October 2018 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 07 October 2018 at 19:28)

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Ladies were defeated 2-1 by Swindon Spitfires in their opening home fixture of their 2018-19 South West Women's Football League Eastern Division campaign.

In an evenly-matched contest, Bassett were ultimately left to rue a handful of missed opportunities that proved the difference between defeat and at least a share of the spoils.

Bassett struck first with the only goal of the opening period. And it was a cracker. A good passage of play saw the ball wind up in possession of midfielder Amber Egerton and she fired into the top corner, leaving the Spitfires 'keeper no chance.

Early in the second half, both teams found the woodwork, with the hosts finding the bar and the visitors seeing an effort tipped onto the post.

Spitfires would take full advantage of the resulting corner, with Lani Dickinson heading home.

Bassett responded well to the equaliser, putting Spitfires under a great deal of pressure. Yet that came to nothing.

In contrast, Spitfires proved more composed in front of goal, and Dickinson scored what proved to be the winner, Dickinson finding the top corner after 'keeper Abi Footner had saved her first attempt.

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