QPR Ladies v Swindon Town Ladies
QPR LADIES’ winless run in the FA Women’s Premier League continued on Sunday after a crushing defeat to fellow strugglers Swindon Town.
A hat-trick for Amy Watton as well as strikes from Sammy Hallsworth (2), Sandy Abi-Elias and a long-range effort from Ellie Maynard eased the visitors to a comprehensive 7-0 win.
The game started evenly as expected with goalscoring opportunities at a premium for both sides.
That was until a corner for the visitors was nodded in by Hallsworth just before the quarter hour mark.
Early chances were few and far between for Rangers with Alexandra Nord struggling to capitalise on anything up front.
Swindon took advantage of a defensive error after 22 minutes when the R’s defence failed to react, expecting an offside flag which never came. The confusion led to goalkeeper Callie Neat failing to clear and gifting Watton the chance to put the ball into an open net.
The Reds continued to look for goals and Watton had her second when she slid in to convert a low cross from the left five minutes later.
QPR looked for a goal before half-time but neither Nord or Jenny Critchley could see the net bulge with their efforts.
After the break, Rangers eyed an immediate response but again Nord was unable to capitalise. Swindon continued to look to extend their lead with Neat being forced into action as well as a goal-saving tackle from Micaela Lopes denying the visitors.
Just under the hour mark, however, Swindon had a fourth. A direct through ball split open the Rangers defence and Hallsworth was able to add to her personal tally.
The biggest threat from Rangers came down the right with last week’s goalkeeper Critchley seeing another chance well saved by Robyn Levett in the Swindon goal.
The fifth goal was added by substitute Abi-Elias when she managed to take possession from Jean Sseninde at the back and calmly score at the second attempt after Neat's initial save.
Again, Critchley looked for a consolation for QPR with two more attempts – the first saved by Levett while the second flew over the bar.
As the game entered the last ten minutes, the visitors continued to look to improve their goal difference and did just that. Maynard superbly picked out the top corner from 30 yards to add a sixth for the away side with six minutes remaining.
And Swindon weren’t finished there. Watton completed her hat-trick with two minutes left on the clock as she again capitalised on an error from Sseninde to find the far corner.
On a positive note, the R’s Reserves were able to celebrate victory as they defeated Abbey Rangers 4-2 to continue their Capital Cup progression. Goals from Hannah Hester, Dominique Smith and two trademark long-range efforts from Olivia Thompson sealing victory in Round 1.
The First Team now start their FAWPL Plate campaign when they face a long trip to Lowestoft Town next Sunday.
QPR: Neat, Lopes, Engels, Treharne, Odeniyi (Sseninde 56), Gwilliam, Critchley, Sloan, Lopez (Haggag 61), Nord, Peck (Denny 55).