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WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: Missed chances cost Spitfires
SWINDON Spitfires squandered a host of first-half chances before going down 4-1 at home to Bristol Ladies Union.
The Wiltshire side had enough chances to win the contest comfortably but couldn’t convert and they eventually paid the price as the visitors fired home four in the second half with the hosts only able to grab a consolation.
Spitfires’ first chance came after only 10 minutes when a Sammie Smith corner rattled the Bristol post before Hayley Huckin struck the bar with a driven shot a few minutes later.
Huckin was involved again as she was released by Beth Turner following a flowing move down the left flank and the resulting cross saw Mel Bristow thump the ball against the far post as the Bristol goal continued to live a charmed life.
The home side continued to win the 50-50 battles all over the pitch and produced a series of flowing moves, one of which saw Huckin force another save out of visiting keeper Farrell before being thwarted minutes later when through one-on-one.
Huckin was in the thick of the action and headed a Cara Costello cross onto the roof of the net but the game remained goalless going into the interval.
Spitfires began the second period in the same way they ended the first as Kayleigh Reeves was put clean through by Debbie Rose three minutes into the second period, but again she was unable to convert.
It turned to be the turning point of the contest as Bristol grew into the game and took their chances in clinical fashion.
The opening goal came in the 63rd minute when Toni Hemmings headed in a corner and the lead was doubled when the same player repeated the trick at the far post.
With less than 10 minutes left Natalia Debek lobbed Kellett to end the contest before Vicky Symes added a fourth, and although Reeves was able to register for Spitfires it mattered little.
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