Swindon Spitfires returned to South West Women’s League Premier Division action for the first time since 15 December, and dented title-chasing Truro City’s hopes with a 3-0 win.
With the strong wind blowing straight down the middle of the pitch Truro won the toss and elected to play with the wind at their backs and forced a series of early corners.
But Spitfires dealt admirably with the threat, and the only real difficulty that keeper Tamsin Kellett faced was getting any distance on her goal kicks. And with Spitfires quick on the counter attack they had the first real chance of the half in the 10th minute when Emma Skinner’s through-ball allowed Beth Turner a clear run on goal.
Despite stumbling after a nudge from the chasing defender she still managed to get her shot away that had Truro’s Candice Britten diving low to her left to tip round the near post.
That proved to be just a shot across the bows for Truro, as Spitfires’ pace earned them the opening goal two minutes later.
Karyn Coombs, making her debut after signing from Swindon Town, played a superbly weighted pass into the path of Ria Salleh who cut in from the left wing before firing across Britten and into the far corner.
With their noses in front it gave Spitfires the extra impetus needed to keep Truro at arm’s length with the wind becoming more of a hindrance to the Cornish side as forward passes ran away from them, whereas Spitfires got the ball down as much as possible and played their way up the park.
After the break Truro initially found playing into the wind more comfortable, with Spitfires having the linesman’s flag to thank for saving them on a couple of occasions as they broke with pace.
But Spitfires weathered the storm and took a grip of the game to keep Truro pinned back. A long overdue second goal came at 75 minutes when Carla Compton caught a Truro defender in procession, which allowed Skinner to collect the loose ball and break free of the defence before slotting calmly past Britten.
And Spitfires went on to make the points safe with a third goal at 83 minutes when Britten could only parry a Salleh shot to Hannah Gulliver who returned the ball to the six yard box for Turner to finish neatly.
Whilst the strong wind meant it wasn’t the best of games Truro can have little complaint about the result with Spitfires deserving the victory to avenge their defeat in Cornwall earlier in the season.