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WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: Bristow hits late leveller for Spits in weekend tie
6:00am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Sport
A LATE equaliser from Mel Bristow rescued a 1-1 draw for Swindon Spitfires in their South West Women’s League Premier Division clash with Stoke Lane.
Spitfires were lackadaisical in the opening 25 minutes, with only the enthusiastic Kayleigh Reeves making any sort of impression.
Hayley Huckin hit the crossbar and that seemed to inspire her teammates as they started to press higher up the pitch and close down quicker.
As a result Spitfires created plenty more chances, but failed to convert any.
They were made to pay just before the hour when a Stoke Lane free kick hit the underside of the crossbar, bounced on the goalline and into the net.
As the clock ticked down Huckin again hit the woodwork and Spits’ hopes of a draw were wearing thin.
But in the final minute, Emma Skinner delivered a deep corner that Bristow got the final touch on to salvage a point.
This weekend Spits travel to Quedgeley in the first qualifying round of the FA Women’s Cup.
Meanwhile, Spitfires Under 15s opened their Oxford Girls League campaign with a 5-2 win at Didcot Casuals.
Spits took the lead against the run of play as good work by Katie Dellow and Meghan Larkin resulted in Dani Granato converting.
Didcot equalised within five minutes, but a clever interchange between Larkin and Amy Connaghan set up Granato for her second.
Granato completed her hat-trick with a header from Larkin’s in-swinging corner, only for Didcot to pull a goal back.
Larkin fired home from the edge of the box following a long throw from Chiarna Deller, before Connaghan set up Larkin to chip the keeper for number five.
Elsewhere, Spitfires Under 14s also got off to a good start with a 6-0 win at Wantage. The goals came from Ellie Scott (2), Katie Donovan (2), Georgia Botfield and Helena Butcher.
The U17s were sunk 2-1 at Kennington as Emma Broughton netted on her Spitfires debut. The under 12s lost 8-1 at Ashton Keynes with Grace Eagles grabbing a consolation.
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