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WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: Town Ladies crash to defeat
6:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Sport
SWINDON Town Ladies suffered their first defeat of the season as they went down 3-1 at the hands of Newquay.
Town has enjoyed a good start to the South West Combination League season before this weekend’s defeat in Cornwall, in a game in which they took time to settle as the home side made the early running.
After Town soon got into their stride Alice Smith made a strong run down the right and her shot flew just past the upright, but in the 19th minute the home side took the lead when Atkins took advantage of a defensive error to slot the ball into the net.
The Swindon back line were having difficulty coping with Newquay’s direct play and keeper Robyn Levett twice had to keep the home side out, while at the other end Eli Maynard tested the home side from range from a rare Swindon chance.
After going in behind at the break Town started the second period the brighter, but Michelle Rich fired just over the top from a free-kick as they began to make more and more chances.
Sally Butterworth worked her way into the Newquay penalty area but when she was halted by a heavy challenge her cries for a penalty were ignored by the referee, and Newquay soon doubled their lead when after 75 minutes Bounsall was able to bundle home after the ball came back off the bar.
Town pulled one back when Beth Thompson picked out Jodie Reynolds from a flowing move, but as Town drove forward for the equaliser they were caught short at the back and Barber scored again to secure victory for Newquay.
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