An early own goal leaves Marlborough with an uphill battle
Marlborough Town Ladies 1 Swindon Town Development 2
The second home game in a row, and Marlborough were keen for another win. It was very unfortunate when a mistake in defence led to an own goal in the first minute of the game and a mountain to climb.
As frustrating as the start was, Marlborough proved their determination and kept their heads up. Eight minutes in and Sarah Thomas did some good work in the middle, setting up an opportunity for Ffion Williams who shot just wide of the target.
It was just a few minutes later that a corner from Vicki Pope was flicked on by Alex Sawyer to Ffion again. Her shot went just over the bar.
Unfortunately, after a few more minutes of play, Ffion had to go off due to a hamstring injury and there was a swap around of players.
Swindon moved to the other end of the pitch. They're a young team with quick players. They worked the ball well and Robyn Hill was forced to make a spectacular save to keep Marlborough in the game. It allowed time for one more attack before half time but Kirsty Miles' shot went wide. Marlborough came into the second half a goal down.
After seven minutes of play, a free kick to Swindon allowed them to pass the ball through a dangerous area until they got a shot off and went two nil up.
Marlborough picked themselves up and moved play to the other end where Kirsty and Vicki made some great passes. They managed to get a shot off but it was scooped up by the Swindon keeper. Ten minutes later, more determination and intricate play gave Vicki another chance which went just over the bar.
Again, Vicki got the ball. This time just outside the eighteen yard box where she put her foot through it. She didn't make the same mistake again. The shot was on target and just over the keeper's head, bringing the game to 1-2.
There was still 25 minutes to go but repeated efforts went unanswered and the game eventually ended with frustrating loss.