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MATCH REPORT: Swindon Town Women 0-4 Exeter City

New Robins boss suffers defeat in first game as his side are beaten by league-leaders…

12 April 2023

Club News

MATCH REPORT: Swindon Town Women 0-4 Exeter City

New Robins boss suffers defeat in first game as his side are beaten by league-leaders…

12 April 2023

New manager Mike Cook began with a difficult defeat as Swindon Town Women were beaten 4-0 by league leaders Exeter City at the SEM Stadium on Sunday.

Appointed last week, Cook’s first game in charge was always going to be a tough task, with the visitors having scored 27 goals whilst keeping five clean sheets in a row prior to their trip to Wiltshire.

Both Lucy Durham and Tori Taylor were unavailable due to injury, but the side were boosted by the return of Gipsy Viveash and Mia Mugford to the starting XI.

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The game got off to a lively start, with a booking in the first minute for Jen Gray on the halfway line, with Mugford almost immediately marking her return with a goal involvement, as her pass out wide found Helena Diaz-Butcher whose cross flashed across the area.

Viveash had heroics of her own with an excellent effort to clear Mollie Taylor’s volley off the line following a series of Exeter corners that piled the pressure on Town, before Taylor eventually turned home to put the away side in front on 28 minutes.

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Exeter doubled their lead five minutes before half-time, with forward Jenna Markham heading home substitute Jess Sandland’s corner.

Town started the second half brightly with a trademark burst forward from full back Viveashallowing her to get a shot away, forcing a save from the Exeter keeper Abbi Bond.

Annie Colston then went close for Swindon in the 67th minute after latching onto a lofted through ball, but her effort was smartly saved by Bond at the near post.

Town were soon reduced to 10 though as Gray picked up a second yellow card after lunging into Markham.

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Exeter took immediate advantage of the extra player with Sandland’s free kick falling to Zoe Watkins to roll home after the ball bounced around the Swindon area.

Exeter added a fourth with less than five minutes to go with Sarah Stacey nodding a Bow Jackson cross beyond Emily McGrogan, condemning Town to a third straight defeat in front of a crowd of 104.

Town host Portishead Town at 2pm this coming Sunday, their final game played at Foundation Parkbefore Cardiff City’s visit to Fairford and the reverse fixture away at Exeter in their last fixture of the 2022/23 season.


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