GIRLS' FOOTBALL: Montague hat-trick sinks Wanderers

First published in Football

SWINDON Spitfires Under 16s were the only team from the club to see any action over the weekend as they shrugged off the rain to win 3-0 at Trowbridge Wanderers.

With the hosts a player short, Spitfires reduced their numbers in the interest of fairness but still proved too strong for Trowbridge.

The slippery surface made for a difficult afternoon for both sides but Spits enjoyed the better of the early possession and twice went close through Freyja Stevens.

And the visitors’ superiority paid dividends just before half-time when a spell of crisp passing ended with Niamh Montague rounding the Wanderers goalkeeper and slotting home.

Having taken the lead, Spits resumed total control after the break.

Hayley Shipp teed up Montague for her second after 61 minutes before the forward notched her hat-trick with 10 minutes left, capitalising on a defensive mix-up to fire home.

The win moves Spitfires up to third place, a point behind second-placed Frome in the Wiltshire Girls Football League Under 16 Division.

Spitfires’ first team saw their clash with Poole Town called off because of a waterlogged pitch. They are due to travel to Keynsham Town Reserves next Sunday, providing the inclement weather doesn’t put paid to that contest as well.

Finally, in the Bristol Soccerworld Cup first round, Spits have been drawn to face Falmouth Town at home. The tie against the Western Division One side will take place on Sunday, January 6.

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