Preview | Unbeaten Cheltenham come to Romsey


It's been all smiles so far this season for Southampton. Photo credit John Bilcliff

Three wins and a draw, that's the tale so far for Southampton and for this Sunday's visitors Cheltenham Town.


It's first versus third in the FA Women's National League Divison One South West with only goal difference separating the sides.


Last time out Cheltenham were held to a 1-1 draw away to Larkhall Athletic


It didn't start well for Town as goalkeeper, Alyta Norman, saw red in the sixth minute.


However, Athletic struggled to take advantage of the extra player especially as Cheltenham's Charlotte Criddle a midfielder by trade debuted in goal with first-choice keeper Rebecca Panniers out injured.


Cheltenham took the lead in the match through Ella Hitchcox a lovely left-footed finish just past the hour mark but the lead didn't last long.

Emily Harrington levelled things up a few minutes later and a resolute performance from Town saw them hold out for a point.


It was a different tale for Southampton last Sunday who were empathic winners over newly promoted Exeter City.


Eight goals coming from seven different goalscorers which was only seen once in the league last season.


Jane Yeates got two while Lauren Clark, Tia Hooper, EJ May, Kayleigh Tonks, Kellie Warren and Emily Wernham all helped Southampton win 8-2 on the road.


It continues the fine form Aaron Smith's side are in as they remain unbeaten in all competitions which including a well-earned point against Southampton FC Women at AFC Totton four days prior to the trip to Devon.


Heading into the game Smith has no concerns regarding his team selection while Cheltenham are expected to still be without Kerry Bartlett - last years top goalscorer in the league with 40 goals.


However, there has been a boost to the team for the visitors as they have bolstered their goalkeeper troubles by signing former Swindon Town goalkeeper Robyn Levett.


She also boasts experience playing in the National League Southern Premier for Portsmouth and Watford in the last two seasons.


It'll be a tough challenge for Smith's team but it begins a great run of three home games at Romsey Town.




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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