Preview | Southampton eager to continue good start

Rose Kite kept an important clean sheet against Buckland. Photo credit John Bilcliff

With just one defeat this season Southampton Women's occupy second place in the FA Women's National League Division One South West and are just three points off the league leaders.

The reds moved up a place last weekend with a 1-0 win over Buckland Athletic.

Jane Yeates scored the only goal of the game but had to come off straight away due to a head injury.

The forward headed home from a Lauren Cheshire throw before hitting the ground and the clubs physio suggesting she no longer continue.

Southampton pressed for more goals in the game but couldn't find another gap throw a resolute Buckland defence.

It wasn't all one way and the Southampton defence also took plaudits on the day especially goalkeeper Rose Kite who made two crucial saves to record her third clean sheet of the season.

While the reds got back to winning ways last weekend this weeks opponents Poole Town were the visitors at the County Ground against Swindon Town which saw a seven-goal thriller game take place.

Despite scoring within the first minute of the game the Dolphins left empty-handed.

Katie Wyatt scored the opener but Swindon took a 2-1 lead into the break before Kitty Norman levelled the scoring.

The Robins scored two more goals in reply before Danielle Maidment scored a third for Poole with just under 25 minutes to go but they couldn't find any more goals.

Defeat to Swindon kept Poole second from bottom with four defeats in the league and yet to record a point.

The sides have already met at the Bypass Ground this season when they clashed at the end of August in the National League Cup that saw Southampton progress to the first round proper with a 2-0 win.

Goals from Tash Angel and Philippa Holden guided the reds into a home tie against National League Division One South East opponents AFC Basildon.

Lee Hurrell says Southampton will need to earn the win against Poole Town. Photo credit John Bilcliff.

Assistant Manager Lee Hurrell knows his side need to earn the win against Poole tomorrow.

He said: "I think in this game every team wants to work hard against us and be difficult to play against.

"We only won 2-0 here when we played them in the cup so we’re not going to take anything for granted.

"We know that if we’re going to get anything next week we’re going to need to have earned it.

"They scored three passed Swindon last week, they lost 4-3 but it shows that they are getting goals again now.

"We know we need to go out and earn it if we are to get anything."


Come along to the Bypass Ground for the 2:00pm kick-off in the FA Women's National League Division One South West.

The gates are open from 1:00pm and fans can pay on the gate; entry is £4 for adults, £2 for concessions and all accompanied under-16s get in for free.

Cold and hot drinks plus a selection of snacks will be available to purchase on the day as will be our match day programme.

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