JAMES Goddard was full of praise for Royal Wootton Bassett Town Ladies following their dominant 7-0 win over Chipping Sodbury in the FA Cup preliminary round on Sunday.

The Bassett joint-manager watched Maddy Elliott, Hannah Gulliver and Hayley Huckin net braces before substitute Ellie Hayward rounded off the scoring.

Bassett’s win was only their second in FA Cup history, and confirmed the club’s spot in the first qualifying round of the competition on Sunday, September 22, where they will face Torquay United at home.

Having not scored in the game’s opening half-hour, Goddard was pleased most by his side’s resilience in front of goal.

He said: “It was a really good performance.

“It’s always tricky in the first game of the season. You never really know what to expect regardless of pre-season.

“The new players and the existing ones delivered a great performance. We turned it on and played well.

“The real positive was that we didn’t score for the first half-an-hour. We dominated the game and created chances, but we didn’t allow ourselves to get frustrated.

“We kept moving the ball around. That shows how mature we are as a side.

“Heads never dropped, we remained patient and knew chances would keep coming. It was a case of taking those chances when they appeared.”

Focus now turns to the league for Bassett, where they will face Marine Academy Plymouth away from home on Sunday.

Plymouth enjoyed a successful campaign in the South West Premier Division last season, and Goddard is aware Bassett will have to overcome several hurdles to leave Devon with any points come Sunday.

He added: “We said the same last season, but we’ll see where we are a couple of months into the season and evaluate things from there.

“You never quite know what players teams have picked up in the summer, and, similarly, what teams have changed things around.

“We’re not in the league to make up the numbers. We want to compete, for sure.

“Our first season was excellent. It’s great club to be at where things are on the up.

“Plymouth Marine won’t be easy. They had a good season last year and we know Sunday will be a challenge.”

Also at the weekend, Swindon Town Women started their FAWNL South West Division One campaign away to Southampton Women.

Helena Diaz-Butcher netted a second-half brace, but the hosts proved too strong as Jamie Lloyd-Davies’ side lost 7-2.

Town Women return to action on Thursday night at home when hosting Larkhall Athletic in their second league fixture.