WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: A gr-eight day for Swindon Spitfires
6:00am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Latest News
SWINDON Spitfires were always in control as they inflicted bottom side Cleeve West Town’s worst defeat of the season with an 8-0 victory.
The Swindon side also managed to spurn several good chances in the dominant win, but the victory was never really in doubt after free kick specialist Sammie Smith found the back of the net from the right-hand corner of the Cleeve 18 yard box with 18 minutes gone.
Three minutes later Spitfires doubled their advantage when Debbie Rose broke down the left before delivering a cross for Ria Salleh to apply the finishing touch. Salleh missed the chance to get her second on 33 minutes when Rose headed on a Tamsin Kellett drop-kick, but with no Cleeve defender giving chase and only the keeper to beat she put it wide of the left-hand post.
Defenders Cara Costello, Emma Blackwell and Laura Mason were able to deal comfortably with anything Cleeve could muster in terms of an attacking threat, and Spitfires never looked in danger of conceding.
A great flowing move on 31 minutes saw Kayleigh Reeves break down the left before crossing for Huckin who laid it back to Salleh to pass out wide to Bristow on the right, but when the cross came to Reeves she cleared the crossbar with her shot.
Huckin missed the target two minutes later but when she set Cara Stacey free through the middle she was able to make it 3-0 to Spitfires going into the break.
Spitfires increased their dominance after the break and two minutes into the second period centre-back Emily Sparkes intercepted a through ball before surging over the halfway line and playing in Salleh to grab the fourth.
The same combination got Spitfires their fifth goal on 51 minutes as Salleh again timed her run to perfection as she passed the Cleeve defence to slot past the keeper.
Almost every attack saw Spitfires penetrate the Cleeve defence who had no answer to the pace of Huckin, and it was her break on 56 minutes that saw her get her first of the afternoon and Spitfires sixth.
Hannah Gulliver shot wide twice from Huckin crosses before a Blackwell through ball set Huckin off again to net the seventh on 72 minutes. Reeves then set Huckin away for her to complete a well-deserved hat trick in the 77th minute and wrap up the scoring.
The reserves’ game at Melksham Town was called off due to the state of the pitch.
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