SWINDON Town Ladies had a double delight this weekend, with two teams emerging victorious from their respective cup finals.
A hat-trick from Beth Thompson, a brace from Michelle Rich plus strikes from Sally Butterfield and Ellie Maynard gave Town seniors a comfortable win 7-1 in the Wiltshire FA Womens Cup against Wootton Bassett.
The under 16s were trailing 4-3 in their Wiltshire Cup final but equalised very late to force extra time and penalties – where they prevailed to beat Tilehurst.
In the senior final it took 10 minutes for Town to breach Bassett’s dogged defence. After Rich eventually broke the deadlock Town were able to add three more before the break – Rich doubling her tally and the score with the others coming from Thompson and Butterfield.
Bassett started the second period with renewed vigour. They got their only goal when Samantha Wood found the top corner from Laura Jefferies’ free-kick.
Town did regain control, Thompson completing her hat-trick after Maynard had nodded in her goal from close range.
Brizzell took pleasure not just in the result but with how his side conducted themselves in victory.
“On paper, we had everything to lose, with the difference in standards of the leagues. But football doesn’t always go to plan, you can have a bad day and they get an early goal and you end up losing to a weaker team, you see it in the FA Cup. That’s why you’ve always got to respect your opposition, they got to final so they’ve got to be half decent,” Brizzell told the Adver.
“They showed a really good attitude and played some good stuff in the second half, sometimes when you beat a team it can get bit nasty but it wasn’t like that, the team stayed respectful.”
It is the third time in a row that Town Ladies have won the Wiltshire Cup but it’s the first trophy for Brizzell since taking over at the start of the season and the first since the Ladies moved undert the Football in the Community banner.
“It’s the first time I’ve won it, after nine months hard work it’s nice to finish it off with a trophy,” said Brizzell.