WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Robertson left ruing slow second half start

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Two second half goals condemned Swindon Town Ladies to a 2-0 away reverse at C&K Basildon, writes Josh Bird.

After a goalless first half in which Swindon put in a bright performance, a goal shortly after the interval had Town on the back foot and from a position they couldn’t recover.

C&K Basildon grabbed a second goal in the dying moments to secure the three points, but it was the sluggish start to the second half that left Town boss Steve Robertson irked.

“It was a good first 45 but we just didn’t come out and perform at the start of the second half,” he said.

“That was really the tale of the game because to be honest it was a pretty even game other than that.

“We just didn’t seem to be on it and it took them scoring a goal to actually spark us back into action.

“It’s frustrating because in the first half we dominated and played them off the pitch.

“So it’s a bit annoying, I think the girls need to get their head round the fact its a 90 minute game not a 45 minute game.”

And Robertson was unable to put his finger on the lack of energy his side showed early in the second half.

“I think it just happens sometimes,” he said.

“There was nothing huge to worry about from the Basildon team, they weren’t really causing us many problems.

“The first goal was just a lack of concentration, they’ve thrown the ball in the box and their forward has just got there ahead of our centre half and nodded it in so it wasn’t like they were carving us open.

“The second goal just came from us chucking bodies forward late on so I’m not too worried about that.

“We can’t keep coming away and saying we’ve had a good game, ultimately we need start getting results on the board.”

Town return to action next Sunday when they host Lewes, a team sitting just below them in the Southern Premier Division standings.