WOMEN'S AND GIRLS' FOOTBALL: Spits crash out of cup
6:00am Tuesday 16th October 2012 in Latest News
SWINDON Spitfires threw away a two-goal lead as they were knocked out of the FA Women’s Cup following a 4-3 extra-time defeat at the hands of Poole Town.
Spitfires had the better of the opening exchanges as they stormed into a 3-1 lead at half-time, but they were soon pegged back and the Dorset side’s winner came just one minute into the extra period.
Natalie Haigh, Beth Turner and Emily Sparkes all had chances to tie things up as time ticked down, but they couldn’t take them and the Swindon side suffered defeat at the hands of Poole for the second week in a row.
Spitfires should have taken the lead on 25 minutes when an inviting cross from Haigh was just out of reach of both Sparks and Debbie Rose, but they did soon break the deadlock as Vicky Wilkes blasted home Haigh’s corner.
They looked to have tightened their grip on the game just two minutes later as another Haigh delivery forced an own goal, but Poole soon reduced the deficit when Samantha Gubb turned her marker and fired home.
But within a minute Spitfires restored their two goal advantage, Sparkes this time connecting with Haigh's cross to flick the ball past keeper Louise Griffiths.
Both sides had opportunities to score early in the second half, and it was Poole who were next to net as Faye Hawkins skipped round a couple of defenders before finishing with ease.
They were level after 66 minutes as they capitalised on some poor Spitfires defending, and Poole were soon pressing for a winner in normal time but were denied by a superb block by Cara Costello.
But they didn’t have to wait long for the winner, as Gubb's shot hit Caton's left hand post before rolling across the goal for a simple tap in at the far post.
It was a better story for the Spitfires’ junior sides, with all of the young teams in action winning.
The under 16s won their Wiltshire League local derby at Wootton Bassett Town 2-0 as they put in a much improved performance.
Hayley Shipp gave Swindon the lead with a perfectly executed lob, and Freyja Stevens repeated the trick later in the game to secure the win.
In the Oxford Girls League the under 14s won their game at Stonesfield Strikers 5-1, with Amy Connaghan scoring twice, and Charley Reynolds, Kaylee Allan and Serenn Sanghera also finding the net.
The under 13s moved up to second spot after a 4-0 win over Carterton Town thanks to goals from Chantelle Scott (2), Brooke Stead and Lucy Goodright, and the under 11s maintained their lead at the top of their division with another double figure score line, seeing off Warminster Highbury 19-0.
Swindon Town Under 16 side beat Highworth 8-0 at the weekend.
Braces for Hannah Donovon and Karyn Coomes helped earn Swindon victory. Brin Gallager, Jess Graham, Chloe and Alex Ramos also scored.