August 19, 2018

WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Tough test awaits Town Ladies

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Swindon Town Ladies are back in FA Women’s Premier League action on Sunday as they visit third-placed Cardiff City.

The game is the first for Steve Robertson’s Town since January 29’s 3-1 loss at Lewes.

And after the short hiatus, Robertson is hoping his side can hit the ground running in South Wales.

“It’s not easy not having enough games to fill each week,” he said.

“The quicker we get back to matches, the better we’ll be.

“The girls have trained well, motivation has been good and we keep saying about dusting off the cobwebs but we’ve got to take it as it comes now.

“We’ve managed to assemble a good squad now and it’s about getting a performance on the day.

“If we can get something at Cardiff that would be great, even if we come away with a draw, but it’s like a build up for us for the West Ham match.

“It’s about getting 90 minutes under our belt because obviously the next match is a big one.”

Cardiff only lost for the first time in the league this season last Sunday and were 4-0 winners when they visited Barington Park back in October, but Robertson feels his side have vastly improved since that defeat.

“No question we have improved, I think we’ve learned loads since that game,” he said.

“We probably approached that game all wrong.

“I’m hopeful this weekend we’ll have a different attitude, and we’ll be a different team from the one they played a few months ago.

“Fingers crossed we can go there and get something, we’re not going to go there and roll over.”

Meanwhile, Town have secured the signing of Amy Baker who returns to the club for the rest of the season. Beth Westlake is also back in training after returning from giving birth.

“They’re two real big players who understand what it means to play for the club,” Robertson said.

“They’ve both been part of successful Swindon teams so it’s a real positive to go into the weekend with.

“Amy will be involved on Sunday and she’ll play a big part in the rest of the season.

“Beth Westlake won’t feature this weekend but she’s back in training after having a little one and we’re hopeful she’ll feature in the last part of the season.”

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