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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Brislington produced a fine performance to win 4-1 away to Buckland Athletic and reach the Second Round for the first time. Jodie Arkell scored a goal in each half, with further strikes from Georgia Vandries and Kim Maggs to earn their side a home tie with Swindon Town, who have been exempt in the Cup until this round.
Swindon Town Ladies were formed in 1993 and joined the Southern Region Women's Football League. Playing in Division Four, they played their first competitive fixture on Sunday 5th September away to Southampton Reserves, winning 4-1. The first home league match was played on Sunday 10th October against Reading Royals. The game, played at Wootton Bassett, was "Kicked - Off" by Doreen Dart, the Mayor of Thamesdown (as it was then) with the Town winning 8-2. Swindon finished their first season as Division Four League Champions and also won the Southern Region Five-a-Side Tournament.
In the next two seasons, Swindon were Champions of Divisions Three and Two respectively. In their first season in Division One they finished in mid-table and supplied eight players to the newly formed Wiltshire County Ladies team that won the South West Counties Championship.
In the 1996-97 season, the Town were runnes-up in the Southern Region Division One and were beaten finalists in the League Cup. The 1998-99 season saw Swindon Town Ladies elected to be founder members of the South West Combination League. They finished the inaugural season in third place and won the League Cup, beating Cheltenham Town 4-0 in the Final. They went on to win the League Cup three years in succession. At the start of the 2002-03 season, the club merged with Coleview Girls and ran teams at Under 10, 12 and 14 level as well as the two senior teams.
The club was awarded the F.A. Charter Standard in 2006 and two years later, they had their best run in the FA Women's Cup to date, reaching the Fourth Round where they were beaten by Doncaster Belles at the County Ground.
Before the 2013-14 season, Swindon Town Ladies joined forces with Swindon Town Football in the Community. They finished in fourth place in the league after being league leaders up to the Christmas break. The following season, the team were denied promotion after an administrator error resulted in a three point deduction, which in turn meant they finished third, but 2015-16 saw them lift the South West Division One title and win promotion to the Southern Division, where they have remained since.
The team is managed by Leonie Wade, with Kate Gumm as coach as Sam Hallsworth as captain, but special mention must be made of secretary Roger Reeves MBE who has given years of service to the club and is one of the best known figures in women's football.
Brislington (from): Vicky Powell, Sophie Whelan, Chelsea Heal, Natalie Coles, Chloe Rogers, Mollie Jones, Zoe Gunter, Kim Maggs, Amy Jefferies, Shannon Osman, Jodie Arkell, Polly Wardle, Georgia Vandries, Annabel Fitzgerald, Courtney Adams, Abbie Kirby.
Swindon Town (from): Emily Bagguley, Amy Baker, Emily Arrell, Milly Colford, Naomi Nash, Chloe Lawrence, Sam Hallsworth, Mia Mugford, Polly New, Sophie Roberts, Alice Smith, Sophie Barrett, Natalie Goodnight, Lucy Goodnight, Annie Martin, Victoria Taylor, Helena Diaz-Butcher.
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