Report | Seventh heaven for Southampton in Romsey

Lauren scored the fourth with a curling effort into the top corner. Photo credit John Bilcliff.

Southampton Women's put seven past Swindon Town in the FA Women's National League South West winning 7-2 at Romsey Town.

Emily Wernham had a first-half brace before making it three right after the break which was followed by two more goals; Lauren Clark made it four and Helena Diaz-Butcher scored for the Robins.

Áine McKeever opened her account before Vinnie Nkomo scored and then Lauren Cheshire made it seven with a stunning shot from the edge of the box. Diaz-Butcher got a second late on.

Confidence was high for Southampton heading into the game after the open two games.

Jane Yeates was available for selection following her suspension and made the starting line-up, the only change from the win against Poole Town.

The opening exchanges once again saw Southampton start on the front foot as Kayleigh Tonks and Wernham got into dangerous positions but couldn't find the back of the net.

11 minutes on the clock though and Wernham opened her account.

Philippa Holden created the opportunity playing the forward through behind the defence before beating Danielle Hull at her near post to break the deadlock.

Despite the continued pressure and plethora of chances for the Reds had to wait until stoppage time in the first-half for a second.

Two minutes of the added played, Jane Yeates and McKeever saw their efforts well blocked by Swindon however, Wernham at the third attempt made sure a second goal was added.

There was a frantic start to the second-half proceedings, three goals in four minutes had even the crowd of 156 gasping for a breather.

Wernham smashed in for her hat-trick finishing a neat move started by Yeates with a backheel to Tonks for the square ball to the forward.

The game had just about restarted when the ball found Clark to control and curl her shot past defender and goalkeeper into the top corner.

Less than a minute later Swindon hit Southampton on the break Diaz-Butchea just beating Gracie White for pace to put the ball across the goal and in.

Suddenly it was 4-1 and it looked likely that more goals were on the cards.

A quieter spell proceeded as the two sides caught their breath but it wasn't long before Southampton threatened again and found the net in the 63rd minute.

Hannah Samuels won a corner which was taken short between her and Cheshire before floating the ball to the back post, Swindon failed to clear and McKeever made sure the ball was firmly over the line.

Five minutes later and substitute striker Nkomo made it 6-1.

The striker was in the right place to poke home the rebound as Cheshire's volley hit the crossbar.

In the aftermath of the sixth goal, Hull had to go off injured and Alice Telling replaced her.

Swindon did get a chance to get a second but Sophie Morgan's free-kick was comfortable for Rose Kite.

Down the other end Holden dragged a shot wide and was denied a great goal off a powerful strong by a strong Telling hand, Nkomo also headed over.

A seventh was added for Southampton, Cheshire finding the net this time.

There was discussion around the ground but the full-back meant it finding herself on the corner edge of the penalty area she took her chance to sail the ball under the crossbar before wheeling away to find her parents amongst the supporters.

Both teams kept pushing for goals and Swindon did find a second through Diaz-Butcher a long ball finding her out wide that she comfortable tapped home.

The winger nearly had a hat-trick of her own as the full-time whistle loomed but her final ball found the arms of Kite.

Full-time and a convincing win for Southampton in front of a great home crowd which include several members of Romsey Town's Youth who were match day mascots and sponsors for the day.

The win sets the team up for Wednesday night's floodlight league game against Southampton FC Women at AFC Totton in the league.

Full-time: Southampton 7 (Seven) Swindon Town 2

Attendance: 156

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