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Report: Swindon Town Ladies 3-2 Cheltenham Town Ladies

2 October 2020

Tom Davies was 'bemused' by some of the decisions that contributed to his Cheltenham Town Ladies side losing 3-2 to rivals Swindon Town on Thursday.

Goals from Abby Bevan and Charlotte Criddle weren't enough for the Robinesses to take anything from the match.

Davies' side came out of the blocks fast in the first half and had early chances to take the lead through Sarah King, Billie Haynes and Jade Grove.

As the half progressed, Swindon began to grow into the contest and they controversially took the lead in the 30th minute through Megan Attenborough whose strike from inside the box hit the inside of the post and rolled across the line.

The defence managed to clear it out of play believing they had prevented a goal. However the linesman had his flag up and after deliberation with the referee - the goal was given to the bemusement of first team manager Tom Davies.

He said: "We were a bit bemused by the decision. They didn't appeal for it, but from the linesman's point of view he's given it and we just have to accept it.

"It's not an opportunity for us to give an excuse, we have to accept that. If it's over the line then it's over the line.

"We just have to make sure that we don't let the ball get to that area in the first place, and there was a couple of errors that got us to that point and players showed accountability for that."

The Robinesses did respond to the setback just before half-time when Grove's cross was met by Bevan who smashed her effort in past the goalkeeper and into the roof of the net.

1-1 at half-time meant it was anyone's game and the Robinesses did show early intent at the start of the second half to take the lead, but Billie Haynes' long range effort from a free kick flew just over the bar.

The big incident of the half came in the 63rd minute as Charlotte Criddle was denied what looked a clear penalty to the frustration of the Robinesses manager.

"Look you are going to get some decisions whether they are right or wrong," Davies said after the game.

"Cridds gets into a great position and she felt the contact in her eyes and the ref from her perspective has not given it or not seen it for some reason. The referee communicated that so we have to go and win the game without the excuses."

The home side then pounced on the Robinesses hard luck with two goals quick fire goals to make it 3-1.

Criddle then made the last quarter of the game interesting with a brilliant free kick goal to tip the game back in the balance.

But great game management from Swindon saw them through to the end with the three points.

Cheltenham next have a chance to bounce back this Sunday when they travel to face Larkhall Athletic in the FA Women's National League (South West).

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