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Following a disappointing result against Olton, Spartans travelled to Southampton ready to bounce back. Trojans started strong, putting pressure on the Swansea defence with a high press. Swansea worked hard to ride the threat, breaking down the attack but struggling to maintain possession. After 15 minutes, Trojan’s persistence was rewarded with a goal by Charlotte Steinbrecher.

This was the spark that Swansea needed. Good work from Tara Daly and Nat Blyth at the back saw the ball threaded through further forwards. With more possession, Spartans began to have more success, and began to apply pressure on the opposition, forcing their goal keeper to pull out some good saves. A skilful move from SJ Thorburn on the left gave her space to have a shot, which was saved and tidied away by Amy Burton on 24 minutes to bring the score to 1-1.

Enjoying the ball, Swansea continued to work the ball well as a team, with Trojan’s beginning to look tired. Amy Burton was again successful in the D, beating the goalkeeper to a quick ball delivered by Kat Budd to make it 2-1 just before half time (34 mins).

At the start of the second half, it was clear that both teams were fighting for 3 points. The midfield battled for the ball, and as the game opened up Trojans started to have some success, breaking quickly from their defence. Some outstanding saves from Jana kept us ahead, until the 43rd minute, when the Trojans onslaught saw them convert from a break which was finished off by Tacita Haines.

At 2 all, play continued to be evenly contested. Spartans had further chances and were unlucky to see the game finish at 2-2.

With lots of positives to draw from the game, Swansea are looking forward to the contest away at Stourport, last year’s champions and current league leaders next Sunday. Pushback 14:30.

The schedule for the Spartans season is particularly tough with five of the first seven matches due to be played away from home.

Player of the Match Izzy Webb

Reporter Pippa Barnes Picture: Irfon Bennett 

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