SWINDON Town Ladies have drafted in Chenise Austin from Cheltenham Town ahead of their weekend clash with Southampton in Premier League South West Division One.
The new signing is likely to feature at wing-back for the Ladies, who are aiming to continue their fine start to the season, having reached the top of the table with a 3-0 victory at Chichester last week.
Manager Steve Robertson is thrilled with his latest acquisition and with the form his girls have shown in the early weeks of the new campaign.
He told Link Sport: “She (Austin) has looked good in training but the competition is great. We travelled away for the last two games with 13 players due to commitments.
“We’ve got one girl coming back from the Army next week and she’s going to be a great addition to the team and we’re just starting to get back to full strength, So to be going away from home and beating these teams, when I don’t have every player at my disposal, is even better.
“We’re starting to get those players back but I think this weekend will be a tough test.”
Town have been lumbered with five consecutive away matches in the season’s opening six weeks but Robertson believes his team can make the most of that later in the season if they keep picking up points.
“This will be our fifth away game in a row so the league has absolutely killed us. It’s good to get them out the way but it’s tough to play three away in a week,” he said.
“If we can pick up as many points as possible in our away games then they’ve all got to come back to us, so that’s a great position to be in, and the squad is starting to shape up.”
Having been dragged into a game of rough and tumble by Chichester, Robertson is expecting something a little more cultured from Southampton.
“I expect them to be pretty strong considering they only lost 3-2 to Forest Green and I’d say Forest Green are the other strong team in our league at the moment,” he said.
“They’re going to be completely different to what we played last weekend. We played Chichester you are very aggressive, very in your face, very try to get you out of the football match before you start playing.
“The impression I get of Southampton is that they’ll be more of a young-ish side, technically quite good, running around the pitch sort of team as opposed to a kick you off the park team.
“We’re not worried about what other teams are doing. We’re not naïve, we don’t ignore the other team but the way we’re playing at the moment, we’re scoring goals and we’re not conceding many goals.”