WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: Swindon Spitfires suffer their first defeat
6:00am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in Latest News
A LONG return trip to Cornwall was ultimately fruitless for Swindon Spitfires, who suffered their first South West Women’s Football League Premier Division defeat of the season at the hands of Truro City at the weekend.
Spits were beaten 6-2 by a strong and quick Truro side, who went top of the table with their victory.
Spitfires’ backline coped well under immense pressure for the first 25 minutes, and having gained possession played the ball out intelligently as Spitfires utilised wingers Beth Turner and Ria Salleh to get in behind the host’s defence.
Emma Skinner nearly gave the visitors the lead when keeper Candice Britten fumbled a cross-cum-shot at the far post, but luckily for Truro it went out for a corner.
Truro went ahead after 25 minutes when Mel Bristow made a clumsy challenge in the Spitfires penalty area and Sasha Sparkes notched the first of her hat-trick from the spot.
Salleh almost equalised within a couple of minutes from a surging run down the left wing, but put her shot wide, and the miss would come back to haunt the visitors as Truro went into the break with a commanding lead.
Sophie Wilson hit the hosts’ second after Spitfires failed to clear their lines on the half-hour mark and then fired home Truro’s third 10 minutes later.
Any hopes of Spitfires getting back into the game were dashed five minutes into the second half when Helena Calfe made it 4-0, but the away side gave themselves a lifeline when Sammie Smith powered home two free-kicks from almost exactly the same spot in the 65th and 69th minutes, to make it 4-2.
Truro were wobbling and Jess Dent almost notched a third with a looping header that Britten only just got her hands to after 77 minutes before Spitfires had two penalty appeals turned down.
Having stood up to the Spits’ onslaught, however, Truro rammed home their superiority late in the game and Sparkes successfully dispatched her second penalty of the game in the final minute to complete the scoring.
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