A FIVE-goal thrashing by Southampton Womens did little to justify Swindon Town Ladies’ performance at home on Sunday, according to manager Dan Jones.

Jones’ side were undone by strikes from Southampton’s Manuela Naprta and Laura Da Silva in the first half, before second-half goals for Natalie Bavister, Jane Yeates and Hannah Samuels secured three points for the visitors.

The loss denied Swindon the chance to leapfrog Southampton Saints in the bottom half of the division, while Womens’ triumph ensured they remain top after recording a 13th win from 15.

“We talked about the result afterwards – myself and my staff felt the result was a bit hard on the girls,” said Jones.

“The performance wasn’t a 5-0 defeat, but the record books won’t say that – the result is all that people see.

“From our point of view, we were pleased with certain areas. There were some real positives for us in the game, they worked hard right up until the end.

“I look at stuff and question if I made the right selection or set up the right way, but the message is still consistent. We’re trying to get the girls to play the right way, and they did everything we asked of them.

“Southampton were clinical in front of goal.”

Ladies aren’t due to return to competitive action until Thursday, March 14, when travelling to Keynsham Town (7.45pm).

The significant gap between fixtures has tempted Jones to arrange a mid-season friendly, but he admits player availability is likely to dictate his final decision.

He added: “A friendly depends on numbers and availability – we’re not in a position of a professional club where we’ve got players readily available to fill the gaps before games.

“We need to have a look and see who is available – our development side will have games.

“But if we can field two teams to keep that continuity ticking then we will.

“At the moment, a friendly is a bit 50-50.”

Meanwhile, Jones is still on the lookout for additional players to help aid the club’s development.

“We’ve had a young girl (goalkeeper) join us on a dual-sign basis,” he said.

“She’s happy to come and play for us anytime that she doesn’t have a game already.

“We’re always looking for players – not just goalkeepers. We want to push the club on and develop things further.”