FIRST HALF INADEQUACIES ONCE AGAIN HAUNT THE ABBOTT'S
By Steve Lavis
A minor second half fight back wasn't enough to save Oldland as their nightmare starts to games once again cost them.
For the second time this season Oldland found themselves five down at half time as a complete defensive meltdown from the whole team left the Abbots with too much to do in the second half. Swindon didn't have to work hard for any of their goals as a failure to mark properly and a complete lack of communication made life ready for Swindon to say the least. The only positive for Oldlands first half display was once again the performance of keeper Jayde Holcombe who made some fine saves to keep the score down.
The Abbott's decided that they wanted to make a fight of it in the second half to attempt to restore some much needed pride and with the first attack of the second half,Annie Hawkins-Hoare collected a ball just inside the Spitfires half and ran through to the edge of the box before lobbing the keeper.
At last there was plenty of passion to see from the home team and for the next 15 minutes, Swindon were clearly looking rattled. Indeed if Oldland could have grabbed another in that timescale then they would have been right back in the game but it took until 8 minutes from time before their next goal came when Beth Dale fed Hawkins-Hoare who grabbed both hers and Oldlands second of the game.
For all of Oldlands determination and effort second half, it's evident that better football and better starts to games are urgently needed.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH---Jayde Holcombe---Once more performed above and beyond to keep the score down in the first half with a string of fine saves.