LADIES' FOOTBALL: Swindon Town finish league campaign with a defeat
5:30am Thursday 1st May 2014 in Sport
SWINDON Town Ladies finished their South West Combination League season with a disappointing with 2-0 home defeat by Chichester City.
Town kicked off and Beth Thompson soon had the Chichester keeper Hannah McNamara doing well to keeping out a 25-yard lob.
The hosts had settled the quicker and Georgia Walters tried her luck from 25 yards, forcing the keeper into action again.
In their first attack Robyn Levett in the Town’s goal pushed out Emily Symonds’ shot and, in the ensuing scramble, Chyna Collings was well placed to scoop the ball off the goaline.
In the 11th minute Chichester took the lead when Kally Amber made a long run to shoot low into the net.
Town rallied but were unable to break through the visitor’s defence and, in the 29th minute, they slipped further behind when Lucy Challen neatly headed in Hollie Wride’s cross.
Play became a midfield battle, with the visitors having the edge, although Amy Baker opened up the Chichester defence for Rich to shoot but her effort was just wide.
The visitors started the second half strongly and Town keeper Robyn Levett did well to hold Kristy Willet’s free kick.
At the other end, a Michelle Rich free kick forced the visiting keeper to make a good save.
Although once again play was confined to the midfield, it was the Town who had the better of the exchanges. Collings’ shot was just too high and Alice Smith and Thompson combined well but the final effort again was just high.
At the back, Laura Margin and Sam Quinn were keeping a tight hold on the lively Chichester forwards while, with Town pushing forward, a Rich free kick looked destined for the top corner but Hannah McNamara pulled off a great save.
Despite the Town having the better of the play they were unable to open up a tight Chichester defence in what was their last game in the South West Combination League before the leagues are re-organised.