The Robins open the gates of the County Ground as they welcome Poole to Swindon this Sunday
For the first time since May 2017 Swindon Town Women have the opportunity to play at their male counterparts home stadium when they host Poole Town in FA Women’s National League Division One South West.
The Robins kicked off their season a little later than most teams after having to wait an additional week, an unfortunate consequence of having an uneven number of teams in a division.
Town began with a 0-4 loss to MK Dons in the FAWNL Cup, a result not to be too disheartened about against a team from a higher division.
Since then they have experienced four league defeats in a row, three of which was against teams currently occupying the division’s top five places.
While results have not been favourable, manager Jamie Lloyd Davies recently spoke of his team’s development, and how pleased he is that the players are buying into his style of play. Speaking to BBC Wiltshire he said: “(his season aims are) to implement a clear style of play, and we are already starting to embed that at that moment, which is fantastic and a pleasure to see. And to improve on last season’s points tally.”
Sunday’s game presents a fantastic opportunity to progress further in front of a good crowd of home fans.
Dolphins back on the road… again
Following last week’s postponement against Brislington Poole are back on the road again – the fourth time in five matches – as they head to Wiltshire.
Three losses from three league outings finds the Dorset side pointless in 9th place, but in games against Cheltenham, Exeter, and a hard-fought bottom-of-the-table clash against Maidenhead, Poole’s start to the season couldn’t have been much tougher.
And with the exception of a heavy defeat courtesy of Exeter, margins of defeat have been quite narrow, with only a 2-goal margin deciding games – a combination of resolute defending and serial Opposition Player of the Match Sam Chrippes limiting teams.
Poole’s biggest struggle has been finding the net at the other end, with just a single Danielle Maidment goal to the Dolphins’ credit so far this season. Something that must change if they are to progress and start earning those all valuable points.
How things stand
Is it too early to consider this contest an early season six-pointer? Possibly. But when you look at last season’s Division One South West table, it was extremely close at the bottom. Two teams – Poole and Maidenhead – finished with 8 points. Swindon finished above them in 9th place with 15. Compounded by the fact that the season is even shorter in Division One South West than any other in Tiers 3 and 4, there are fewer opportunities to earn points, especially against teams currently around them in the league table.