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MATCH REPORT: St Austell 0-1 Swindon Town Women

Late Colston strike enough to see Robins past league strugglers…

7 March 2023

Women’s News

MATCH REPORT: St Austell 0-1 Swindon Town Women

Late Colston strike enough to see Robins past league strugglers…

7 March 2023

Swindon Town picked up a valuable 1-0 win on the road to keep their hopes of a top three league finish alive as striker Annie Colston netted with two minutes of normal time remaining to see them past struggling St Austell.

With Town sitting sixth in the National League Division One South table before the game, The Robins knew victory over a Lillywhites side that had lost 16 of their last 17games in all competitions, was imperative if they were to keep the pressure on Southampton above them in fifth.

James Lally’s side would have approached the game in confident mood knowing the hosts have recorded just the one league win this campaign, and headed into the clash at Poltair Park off the back of a 12-0 drubbing by Exeter on home soil and a 10-0 reverse away at Cardiff in the fixture prior.

But the visitors weren’t to have it all their own way in a game attended by 72 spectators in Cornwall, as St Austell ensured their defensive line was made of sterner stuff in order to make life difficult for Town.

In the end, it was left to in-form striker Annie Colston to notch her fifteenth goal of the season to see James Lally’s side to all three points.

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There was a slightly different look to Swindon heading into the crunch clash, which saw them play their seventh straight league game on the road.

Lally included three new signings in his squad, with Anna Barnes, Mia Mugford and Charlie Rowlands drafted in.

After 45-minutes of numerous Swindon chances they failed to convert, the second period looked like mirroring the first as the visitors became increasingly frustrated.

Lally would look to his substitutes on the hour mark as he introduced Emison Evans and Jen Gray in place of Kat Bach and Alice Bowden, before Mia Mugford and Anna Barnes were thrown on for Ella Harries and Lucy Durham.

Four changes but unfortunately the same outcome as Town failed to break the Lillywhites resolve despite their dominance.

With Charlie Rowlands coming on for Tori Taylor to strengthen the Swindon attack, they finally found the breakthrough with two minutes left on the clock as Megan Attenborough set Helena Diaz-Butcher and Colston through on goal, and the latter helped herself to yet another league goal.

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Town will feel they could have done more, but nonetheless, they emerged with another big three points and a clean sheet to record their seventh victory of the season, where they remain five points adrift of Southampton just above them.

Swindon’s long wait for a home fixture finally comes to an as they host Chichester & Selsey this coming weekend, where they’ll then embark on a run of six home games in their next seven before bringing their season to a close away at current table-toppers Exeter City.

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