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Swansea travelled to Gloucester for a notoriously tough away fixture. It was a tentative opening ten minutes, with Swansea a little on the back foot against an experienced opposition. With time Swansea built up possession and linked play to put pressure on the Gloucester defence. With this run of play came a series of corners. A solid penalty corner defence routine kept Swansea out, but it didn’t dampen the Spartan spirit.

From a breakdown of a Gloucester counter attack a quick free hit was won by Abi Welford. This was taken quickly and with several quick passes found Kat Gierak who immediately fed the D where the ball fell fortuitously to Izzy Webb who slotted it home on 24 minutes. 1-0 going into half time.

The half time break had led to a renewed vigour from both sides. Each ball was fiercely contested over the next 30 minutes. Gloucester were committing an extra player to their attack. This stretch led to a succession of corners which were defended well by Blyth and Mee. Swansea Goalkeeper and woman of the match Jana Pacyna did well to stay composed during this period and produced several excellent saves.

With the game very close, the remainder of the second half brought with it a period of alternate possession. A few cards were handed out as the umpires tried to contain the passion shown by both teams. The last five minutes of the game saw the heavens open and despite the elements being in their faces the Spartans held the ball well to see out the game with controlled possession.

This result leapfrogged Swansea above their opponents into 3rd place in the league table, one point behind 2nd place Olten. Swansea are back at KGV next week for the first of two home matches leading into the mid-season break. The Spartans welcome Barnes on Saturday pushback 12:00. The Following week they entertain Exe. Please come and support us.

Reporter Nat Blyth

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