An Abby Bevan goal proved to be the difference as Cheltenham edged out a 1-0 win against Buckland Athletic to move up to third in FAWNL Division One South West.
Cheltenham Town 1-0 Buckland Athletic
Exeter City P-P Poole Town
Maidenhead United 0-2 Larkhall Athletic
Robinesses climb to third
Cheltenham continued their winning start to the year with a 1-0 win at home against Buckland Athletic.
Abbey Bevan opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, her fourth of the campaign, to give Cheltenham the advantage.
Bevan started the move which saw her clear Buckland’s corner, then combine with Kempski, Martin and Hitchcox to latch onto a ball over the top and fire it past Bond from the edge of the area.
Her effort proved to be the eventual winner for Alex Cheal’s side as the visitors, who had a several chances to level the scores, were left to rue missed opportunities.
The result means Cheltenham leapfrog Exeter into third place, four points behind second-placed Southampton Women’s with a game in-hand. Buckland Athletic remain seventh.
Larks fly high
Larkhall Athletic made it back-to-back league wins with a hard fought 0-2 victory over Maidenhead United.
Maidenhead had a penalty appeal dismissed, before Adele Hooper rounded off a counter-attack with a smart lob at the other end, to give the visitors the lead in the 36th minute.
The Magpies began the second half well, with O’Brien and Dover forcing saves from Nicki O’Connel, but it was Larkhall who struck the next blow after 63 minutes as Carly Bryant rose above everyone else to head Hooper’s free-kick past ‘keeper Ellie Parker.
Amanda Blakeley came close to adding a third for the Larks but was denied by incredible save from Ellie Parker.
The win sees Larkhall move up to fifth, eight points better off than at the same stage last season. While Maidenhead, who have also recorded an improved points tally this term, remain ninth.