Ladies stretch their unbeaten start to the season

PUBLISHED: 10:57 22 November 2017

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Portishead Ladies stretched their unbeaten start to the season to eight matches.

Portishead Town Ladies stretched their unbeaten start to the season to eight games, beating Swindon Town Development 3-2.

Swindon were probably the best ladies side that Portishead had faced in the last couple of seasons, a quality, well-organised side with pace up front.

Portishead took the lead after 25 minutes with Hannah Thornton smashing home a fierce shot from inside the penalty area. Both sides had chances in the first half but none were converted.

Two minutes into the second half, Ruby Lowe was fouled when in a good position, Thornton struck the free kick over the Swindon wall which hit the crossbar and bounced down for Michelle Venton to bundle the ball over the line.

Swindon then had their best period of the match pulling a goal back after 57 minutes from a long-range shot. Swindon were awarded a penalty in the 73rd minute after a disputed handball by Thornton which Megan Larkin stroked past Victoria Wright, the Posset keeper.

With the momentum with Swindon, Portishead took the lead in the 80th minute when Imogen Fisher struck a long-range shot which should have been saved but somehow squeezed over the line.

Swindon continued to drive forward for the final 10 minutes, but could not force the equaliser. Robert John Hairdressers player of the match was awarded to Alice Kerr.

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