LADIES FOOTBALL: Spitfires go up to third

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SWINDON Spitfires found the net four times for the second game running as they moved up into third place in the South West Women’s League Premier Division following a 4-1 win at Bridgwater Town.

Spitfires made the perfect start as they ran their hosts ragged, and were two up inside the opening nine minutes. The first came in the fifth minute when an Emily Sparkes throw in found Ria Salleh who reached the goal line before crossing for Emma Skinner to finish from inside the six yard box.

Four minutes later Bridgwater conceded the second after some good pressure from Salleh won Spitfires a corner, which Sammie Smith dispatched directly into the goal with keeper Ami Ward caught out of position.

After a series of chances came and went, the third goal did come five minutes before the break when a quick passing move saw Rose find Skinner who in turn played in Beth Turner who out-pace the covering Annmarie Moule before beating the advancing Ward with a left foot finish.

The fourth goal came in the 65th minute when Skinner lifted the ball past her marker before firing an unstoppable shot over Ward, before Anusia Rourke seized on a moment of hesitancy to nip in and loft the ball over the stranded Compton to grab Bridgwater’s consolation.

Elsewhere, Spitfires’ reserves lost out 5-4 on penalties in the quarter-final of the Wiltshire League Cup after a 2-2 draw after extra time. Megan Greening and Zofia Stepien finding the net during normal play.

Spitfires under 17s chalked up an impressive 5-2 win over visitors Chinnor who, like Spitfires, are in contention for the Oxford Girls League title while, in the Oxford Girls League, Spitfires’ under 15 played games on both Saturday and Sunday. They firstly lost to Kidlington 4-2 before a vastly improved 2-2 draw against league leaders Oxford City, who haven’t dropped a point for nearly three years.

Spitfires’ under 15s made the long trip to Buckinghamshire side Blackstone and returned with a 4-1 win, with goals coming from Helena Butcher, Natalie Goodright, and two from Ellie Scott.

The under 12s were 2-0 winners at Wantage Girls in the Oxford League with Aimee Prinzi and Genevieve Bayliss netting, while the under 13s returned to pole position following a 2-0 win at Sarum Youth - a Gipsy Viveash brace securing the points.

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