Cheltenham Town Ladies bounce back with home victory
Cheltenham Town LFC 1 Cleeve West Town LFC 0
Cheltenham Town Ladies bounced back from a defeat by Bristol Ladies Union with a narrow home victory over Cleeve West Town.
From the first whistle, the Robins played the ball around with confidence on an unforgiving surface at Newlands Park.
The only goal of the game was a Rhona Donaldson penalty in the closing stages of the second half, after Ade Blair was upended in Cleeve's penalty area.
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Cheltenham dominated the game from start to finish and with ten minutes of the first half remaining, Lydia Armaquaye crashed a 25-yard free-kick against the crossbar.
The scoreline could have been a lot worse for Cleeve but for some missed chances that on a better surface, would have been dispatched.
Cheltenham's Jacqueline Haines picked up player of the match for an energetic performance after finding herself amongst the substitutes the week before.
Cheltenham boss Ian Hutton was full of praise for Haines.
"It was a great response from Jax," he said. "She was unlucky not to start against Bristol, but I thought she showed a lot of character last week when she came on and really staked her claim in the team.
"For a manager, its exactly what you want to see from a player, she has a terrific attitude and work rate. On the whole I thought the team worked incredibly hard and have really earned the three points today".
The 1-0 victory was only Cheltenham's second clean sheet of the season as Hutton looks to shore up his side's defence.
"Since we've changed the system around, we've conceded just four goals in our last four games which is a great credit to the players when you consider we'd shipped 28 in ten games prior to the change," he added.
Cheltenham Ladies' next match is at home to Bridgwater Town on Sunday, March 3 (2pm).