SWINDON Town Ladies play their first home game of the new Premier League South West Division One season tomorrow and manager Steve Robertson is hoping fans will flock to Cinder Lane to cheer his girls on.
Town sit second in the fledgling league table having won three and drawn one of their opening four matches this term – all of which have been on the road – and they’ll be hoping to leapfrog leaders Forest Green by beating Exeter City in Fairford on Sunday.
Robertson is delighted to finally be on home turf and encouraged supporters to attend the fixture.
He told Link Sport: “We played our first game at Shrivenham and we got about 120 out to watch that one. I imagine it won’t be as big as that because it’s out at Fairford but we normally get really good support and the fans are very good.
“They all come out and give us a good cheer and get behind the girls. Hopefully they’ll turn out in force tomorrow, like they have done for the last couple of games that have been local.
“Every time they have turned up the girls have put in a good performance so, fingers crossed, that will happen again.
“They’re happy to get a bit of a lay-in this week and focus on the game rather than sit on the motorway for however many hours.
“Exeter will be a strong team, they never put out a bad team. It’s important for our first home game that we go right it and firstly make ourselves hard to beat but secondly really attack them.
“I know it’s four games into the season already but we need to be picking up points from our home games and if we can make it a fortress then that will bode well, especially with the amount of points we’re picking up away from home”
Robertson has striker Meg Vella at his disposal tomorrow after her return from the Army but defender Laura Morgan is absent after pulling ligaments in her foot.
“She’s a big miss. She’s one of our senior players who steadies things up at the back but I’ve got no problem with the girls I’ve got. Apart from her, we’re pretty much at full strength,” said Robertson.
“We have got so much strength in depth now, which gives me a bit of a headache. Those who are involved have really got to take it by the horns tomorrow because if they don’t then people are queuing up to take their place.”
Beth Thompson is expected to overcome a minor niggle to be fit for the game, which kicks off at 2pm at Cinder Lane.