New Swindon Town Ladies manager Dan Jones admitted the opening day defeat against Southampton Saints was “difficult to take” although he is confident that a successful season lies ahead.
Having endured a torrid season last term in the FA Women’s National League Southern Division which saw the club finish bottom of the table, Town Ladies dropped into the South West Division One for the 2018-19 campaign.
And although Jones’ young side slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Southampton, the new Town Ladies boss felt there were lots of positives to take from the game.
“The result is difficult to take,” said Jones. “I thought we started slowly, we went in at half time and discussed some stuff. We were a little bit off tempo, the intensity, we weren’t moving the ball as quickly as we have done during pre-season.
“We upped the pace in the second half and the result is difficult to take given how we played in that second half. We’ve had chances and on another day maybe we’ll come away with the right result.”
Two goals within a minute ultimately cost Swindon Town Ladies dear as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Southampton Saints Girls & Ladies despite having taken an early lead.
New Town Ladies skipper Polly New headed the hosts in front with just eight minutes on the clock in this South West Division One encounter.
Just five minutes later though Town Ladies lost their lead as they were beaten twice in a minute.
A dominant second half saw Town Ladies press for an equaliser and Emily Arrell went closest when she crashed her shot against the crossbar.
Southampton ultimately held on and Town Ladies will look to bounce back when they host Leyton Orient in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup on September 2nd at Fairford Town Football Club.
Click on the video below to watch Dan Jones’ interview with Your Sport’s Steve Butt.