Preview | Southampton looking to bounce back

Jane Yeates has found the net five times this season and will be looking to add to it. Photo credit John Bilcliff.

Southampton Women's will be looking to put last weekend's loss to bed with the visit of Buckland Athletic in the FA Women's National League Division One South West.

The reds fell to their first defeat of the campaign against a strong Cheltenham Town side who handed debuts to two new players including Kristen Rendall who had a strong influence on the game.

Town were 2-0 winners scoring in both halves to take home the three points, Annie Martin and Charlotte Criddle hitting the target.

It was a difficult afternoon in amongst a brilliant start for Aaron Smith's Southampton who have four games in all competitions and sit third in the league.

The team are the highest goalscorers in the league so there is no worries on the attacking front for Southampton which was also boosted by the return of Laura Vokes whose club record speaks for itself.

Vokes in action against Cheltenham has score 49 times for the Reds. Photo credit John Bilcliff.

A winger by trade has notched up 49 goals in 91 appearances and can add her attacking threat to the Southampton arsenal.

Sunday's visitors have had the reverse start to the season and have yet to record a point since their opening day victory over Maidenhead United.

Sarah Louise Stacey grabbed a hat-trick on the day and Natalie Warman also scored to seal a terrific 4-0 win at the York Road Stadium but the tale hasn't continued.

Buckland have narrowly lost to Exeter City and Cheltenham in the league while they only lost 2-1 to Southern Premier side Keynsham Town in the League Cup.

Last time out Athletic visited the red and white side of Southampton which ended 3-0 to Marianne Spacey's side.

Southampton FC found themselves 2-0 within 20 minutes, Georgie Freeland and Shannon Sievwright on target before the former sealed the win in the second-half with her second.

Heading into tomorrow's game both managers will be expecting their sides to react positively and if last season's meeting are anything to judge the game on it's likely to be tight.


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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