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MATCH REPORT: Swindon Town Women 2-1 Larkhall Athletic

Colston strikes twice to hand Town first victory of the season…

30 August 2022

Club News

MATCH REPORT: Swindon Town Women 2-1 Larkhall Athletic

Colston strikes twice to hand Town first victory of the season…

30 August 2022

Swindon Town Women claimed their first points of the new season with a dominant second half display to come from a goal down to beat local rivals Larkhall Athletic 2-1 at Foundation Park.

The tie started badly for the hosts as they found themselves behind to an early goal scored by former midfielder, Grace Eagles.

She was given space and time to pick her spot with a left-footed shot that Dani Hull was unable to keep out, despite getting a hand to it.

The goal gave Larkhall exactly the start they wanted as they sat deeper and soaked up pressure. An injury to Kelly Nightingale forced the visitors into an early substitution with Lucy Scrannage taking her place, but fortunately for Town, they were unable to test Dani Hull again in the first period.

James Lally’s side came out for the second half with the urgency needed to kick start their season, displaying exactly the sort of football fans have become accustomed too recently, dominating proceedings with 21 shots on goal, with Larkhall managing just the two.

With the visitors pinned back in their 18-yard box, Alice Bowden and Lucy Scrannage attempted to find that creative spark, but Town were unable to turn their chances into goals.

Despite their numerous attempts on goal, Larkhall created the first clear-cut chance of the second period, as Dani Hull was forced to pull off a great block to keep the score line at just the one goal deficit with half an hour left to play.

Manager Lally then took the opportunity to make a triple sub with Elle Scott, Ella Harries and Rose Kent all introduced, with Steph Bent, Tori Taylor and Amelia Dudding making way.

Town almost responded immediately with a Meg Attenborough header that sailed just over from a Gipsy Viveash corner, but the equaliser was soon to arrive.

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On 74-minutes, a darting run from the left back Viveash resulted in a cut back cross to Annie Colston who got her well-deserved first goal of the season and levelled the scores.

A final substitution from Lally saw Nat Goodright for Beth Kelloway drafted in as Town continued to pile on the pressure.

A tired Larkhall began making mistakes in key areas, and almost gifted Elle Scott a chance to notch the winner, but that accolade was being saved for someone else.

As the game entered stoppage time, Scott turned provider to slide Annie Colston in and she produced a moment of brilliance on the edge of the box, dribbling past four defenders, before smashing the ball past Erin Foley in the Larkhall goal, giving the Bristol City loanee no chance.

The goal sent the 212 strong crowd into raptures and earned Town their first win of the new campaign.


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