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WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: Spitfires progress in FA Cup
6:00am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Sport
SWINDON Spitfires secured their place in the third qualifying round of the FA Women’s Cup with a fine 4-0 win at Torquay United.
Despite the hosts going into the game boasting a 100 per cent record in the league, Spitfires showed their class and took an early lead in the ninth minute.
Centre-back Emily Sparkes won the ball deep in her own half before making a surging run up the park and squaring to Emma Skinner, who side-stepped her marker before powering home over the head of keeper Beth Marshall.
Spitfires’ midfield quartet coped well against Torquay’s five-woman set-up, with Laura Stallard making some strong, well timed tackles to break up play.
Marshall did well after 18 minutes to tip a Hayley Huckin shot round her post and two minutes later Torquay almost equalised from an in-swinging corner, only for Cara Costello to block on the line.
Torquay’s Laura Gough had two good chances early in the second half, as first Swindon keeper Tamsin Kellett made a fantastic point-blank save from the Gulls’ striker before she blazed a free-kick over from the edge of the area.
Having soaked up the pressure, Spits hit their hosts with a sucker punch in the 68th minute.
Emma Skinner’s defence-splitting pass sent Mel Bristow free down the right, who crossed for Huckin to finish across the keeper.
The home side were starting to tire and Skinner again caught the home defence square with another throughball for Huckin to add the third goal after 76 minutes.
Eight minutes later Sammie Smith fired home her third goal in two games from a set piece to put a little extra gloss on an impressive victory.
Meanwhile in the Wiltshire Girls’ League, Spitfires’ under 13s racked up a 15-1 win at Warminster Highbury.
Georgia Brown lead the way with six goals, while Sophie Roberts got four. Gipsy Viveash and Ashleigh Warwick grabbed a brace each and Hollie Timbrell also registered.
The under 12 development side lost out 5-2 at FC Chippenham, with Kimberley Jackson and Shannon Whitely netting Spitfires’ consolations.
In the Oxford Girls’ League, Spitfires Under 14s were 3-1 winners over Tower Hill. Helena Butcher opened the scoring midway through the half before Chantelle Scott made it 2-0.
Tower Hill came out fighting after the break and within minutes Holly Wilkinson managed to grab a goal for the visitors but Scott bagged her second to seal the win for Spits.
Elsewhere, Spitfires’ under 15s narrowly lost out to Oxford Mail Girls’ League leaders Oxford City by the odd goal in five.
City took a 10th-minute lead through Shelley Knight before doubling their advantage courtesy of Lauren Page.
Page nodded the hosts 3-0 in front at half-time, but the visitors rallied in the second period. Dani Granato made it 3-1 and after a sustained period of pressure Poppy Cottrill got Spits within a goal of their hosts, but ultimately that wasn’t enough.
Finally, Spitfires Under 12s chalked up a 7-1 win at Kidlington Youth, with Aimee Prinzi netting four times and Shannon King adding three. The under 17s went down 5-1 at Moretonville Juniors, as Sarah Uzzell netted on her Spits debut.
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