WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: Swindon into Wilts Cup final
SWINDON Town Ladies eased their way through to the Wiltshire County Women’s Cup Final with a 2-0 victory over Swindon Spitfires.
Town went in at half-time with the advantage of two Georgia Walters’ goals and, despite a spirited second-half display, the home side could not break through the Robins’ backline to trouble keeper Robyn Levett.
Spitfires stopper Tamsin Kellett was in action early, saving from Sally Butterfield, but in the seventh minute she could do nothing to keep out Walters’s shot from the edge of the penalty area following a steady Town build-up.
Kellett was the busier of the two keepers and again she did well to prevent Butterfield from adding to Town’s lead.
In the 26th minute, the visitors doubled their lead when Walters fired in Amy Baker’s cross. Town began to control midfield but were unable to break through the Spitfires’ backline, which was well marshalled by Hayley Huckin.
Michelle Rich went close with a free-kick that just cleared the crossbar and Walters forced Kellett to save low down.
Spitfires started the second half the stronger but Town central defenders Laura Morgan and Kelly Nightingale prevented their opponents from getting a sight on goal.
The Robins continued to create chances of their own and Kellett did well to push Chyna Collings’ blast onto the crossbar and away to safety. When Ellie Maynard played Walters clear a goal looked certain but again Kellett was equal to the task.
With time running out, Sammie Smith tested Levett in but the keeper saved with ease.
Town will now play Wootton Bassett in the final.