SWINDON Spitfires have decided to pull their first team out of the FA Women’s Premier League Division One West.

Spits had endured a tough start to their campaign at FA Women’s Premier League level. Boss Steve Turner has been hampered by injuries to a number of first string players and has had to draft in players from their development teams in order to complete fixtures.

That has had a negative impact on Spits ability to get results. They were winless in their nine fixtures and had conceded seven goals or more on five occasions.

Club stalwart and secretary Bev Maull was disappointed to have to pull the team out of the league. However she vowed the club would do all they could to get one of their two remaining sides into the South West Women's Football League nest season.

“If we had started the season with the team that we had last season we would have had better results,” she said.

“The girls have taken some harsh remarks from other people and the squad has not had as much depth as we would have liked. So we made the decision that enough was enough.

“To bring in some players from our younger development teams would make it really hard and we don’t want to demoralise players at that standard.

“We’ll continue with the two teams in the county league and our aim is to push one of those teams for promotion back to the south South West Women's Football League for next season.

“It’s been an honour for us to play in the Women’s Premier League. It’s such a fantastic league and it has just come a bit too early for us with the long-term injuries that we’ve had.”