ALARM bells are far from ringing at Royal Wootton Bassett Town Ladies ahead of their FA Cup second qualifying round tie at Portishead Town, despite James Goddard’s side slipping to a first South West Premier Division loss of the season on Sunday.

Hayley Huckin’s brace wasn’t enough for Bassett as they lost 5-2 at home to promotion hopefuls Callington Town, who were able to maintained their unbeaten record.

After two fixtures, Bassett sit in mid-table with three points secured from a possible six.

Given his troops’ current runs in both the FA Cup and Wiltshire County Cup, joint-manager Goddard insists there is no reason for him to be concerned by Sunday’s three-goal loss.

But he did admit performance levels weren’t at the level he is used to watching.

“Callington are a good side. We think they will be up there this season, they’ve started the season really well,” said Goddard.

“I didn’t think we were at our best, everyone accepted that.

“The standard across the league is good. We’ve said we’ll evaluate things around Christmas time.

“We’ve started well, though, Sunday was our first defeat of the season so we’re not pressing the panic buttons just yet.

“If Callington are going to be a top team, then we need to try and get ourselves to that level.”

Bassett have already banked £760 in prize money for their two FA Cup wins to date, and a further £450 could be secured if Portishead are beaten on Sunday in Somerset.

Goddard expects the game to be an even contest, adding that his girls have a golden opportunity to advance to within one game of the competition’s first round proper.

He said: “We know a bit about Portishead. We faced them a couple of seasons ago and have spoken to other clubs.

“It will be a good game, an even contest. We think it’s a good draw for us and they think likewise – both teams have a chance to progress.

“Any prize money will go straight into the club, and that can only boost awareness and raise the club’s profile.

“This is the furthest we’ve got in the FA Cup, so we want to keep the run going.”

Elsewhere, Swindon Town Women lost their latest FA Women’s National League Division One South West tie against Chesham United 5-0.

Women return to action on Sunday at home at Fairford in the FA Cup where Bournemouth visit.