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Ladies: Brown goal earns Swindon win

4 March 2020

Alex Cheal was relieved his Cheltenham Town Ladies side were able to secure the three points as they beat rivals Swindon Town 1-0 on Sunday.

Georgia Brown scored the only goal of the game at the All Saints Academy to maintain the Robinesses’ push up the FA Women’s National League Division One South West table.

Cheltenham were unable to convert numerous key chances throughout the game, but Cheal insists they were deserving of the win.

He said: “I’m delighted we have the three points. We drew with a similar side towards the end of last season, so it shows where we are now.

“I don’t think it was an ugly display, I just believe we were incredibly wasteful in front of goal. Swindon barely got out of their half first half and we must have had double figures chances.

“I’d have taken three points before the game regardless of whether we won by one goal or five.”

The hosts were on the front foot from the start, testing Swindon’s goal from range with Brown and captain Annie Martin both misdirecting their efforts.

Swindon began to threaten on the counter but failed to create any clear opportunities as Cheltenham continued to dominate.

Their persistence paid off in the 36th minute as Brown beat her marker to get on the end of Martin’s drilled corner.

Ella Hitchcox almost doubled the lead shortly after but was caught off balance and unable to direct a looped ball towards the goal.

Cheal’s side’s dominance faded in the second half as Swindon grew in confidence. Jasmine Bull came closest to finding the net as she hit a loose ball onto the crossbar.

Cheltenham will travel to Maidenhead next weekend as they look to continue their winning run.


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