SWINDON Town Women booked their spot in the County Cup final following a 3-1 victory over FC Chippenham at the weekend.

A brace from Ellie Olds, as well as Helena Diaz-Butcher’s first-half strike, saw Jamie Lloyd-Davies’ side comfortably come out on top at Chippenham’s Stanley Park.

Town Women will play Royal Wootton Bassett Ladies in the County Cup final, after they came back from 3-1 down to defeat Swindon Spitfires 5-4.

Swindon were favourites to progress in their semi-final, but started slowly as Chippenham put their visitors under heavy early pressure.

A near miss sprung Town into life however, and Diaz-Butcher managed to find space to put Town 1-0 up inside a quarter of an hour.

Further good chances fell to Polly New, whose shot went just wide of the goal from distance, and Sophie Morgan, who created space to hit a long shot which struck the bar.

Alice Bowden did manage to force the ball into the back of the net, but the goal was disallowed for offside.

Eventually, Town’s dominance paid off, as a deflected shot from Ellie Olds gave them a 2-0 lead.

As the first half drew to a close, Swindon were awarded a penalty for a handball by a Chippenham defender.

Ellie Olds converted confidently to give her side a 3-0 lead at the break.

Chippenham made a number of tactical changes at half-time, allowing them to hold onto possession and hit through balls from which they carved a few opportunities.

But a more open match also allowed Town the chance to break, seeing a number of shots stopped by the Chippenham goalkeeper who had an exceptional second 45.

In the 70th minute, Chippenham were rewarded for their attitude and endeavour after a low shot was slotted past Town Goalkeeper Dani Hull.

Town pushed on to add to their goal tally, but the Chippenham goalkeeper continued her outstanding performance.

The stopper’s second-half highlight was a notable double save from Town striker Laura Morgan who was looking to add to her 148 club goals.

After the game, Town manager Jamie-Lloyd Davis expressed his delight at reaching the final.

“It wasn’t a great performance on our part, although the weather conditions played their part.

“It’s not an excuse for how we played and hopefully we will learn from this experience.

“We challenged the players to adopt a different formation, and from that perspective there were some really good performances which was pleasing to see.”