Brown’s sweet penalty res­cues a point in front of club record crowd

Gloucestershire Echo - - CHELTENHAM TOWN -

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A LATE penalty from pre­co­cious mid­field tal­ent Ge­or­gia Brown se­cured a 2-2 draw for Chel­tenham Town Ladies in front of their all-time record crowd.

A spir­ited Swin­don Town Ladies team re­cov­ered from con­ced­ing early to lead 2-1, with 375 supporters gath­ered in­side the Jonny-rocks Sta­dium on Satur­day even­ing.

But after she had been fouled in the box, 16-year-old Brown stepped up to score calmly from the penalty spot as it fin­ished all-square.

The re­sult takes the Robins’ points to­tal for the sea­son to 40 with one match left, away to Larkhall Ath­letic.

They ended last term on 10 points il­lus­trat­ing just how much progress they have made un­der man­ager Alex Cheal this sea­son.

They en­joyed a fine start to pro­ceed­ings, kick­ing off two hours after the men’s team de­feated their Swin­don coun­ter­parts 3-2 in League Two.

Cen­tral de­fender Cerys Dol­loway headed in a cor­ner from An­nie Mar­tin in the third minute.

But Swin­don lev­elled in the 10th minute, with Alice Telling scor­ing from close range after a cor­ner caused prob­lems for the home de­fence.

Mil­lie Col­ford put Swin­don in front in the 42nd minute, hold­ing off a chal­lenge from Dol­loway and fin­ish­ing em­phat­i­cally past Bec Pan­niers.

Chel­tenham con­trolled much of the sec­ond half, hit­ting the bar twice through Mar­tin and Brown, but their equaliser ar­rived in the 86th minute.

At the other end, Pan­niers made one out­stand­ing save to turn a shot over the bar in the 51st minute and Sally But­ter­field made a clear­ance off the line, but a point was the least Chel­tenham de­served.

Cheal said: “I am dis­ap­pointed not to win it, but we have to be pleased with the over­all event and per­for­mance.

“We said at half-time we are do­ing ev­ery­thing but adding to our goal tally and we gifted them two poor goals.

“We dom­i­nated the game, but were un­for­tu­nate not to score more than we did, espe­cially to­wards the end when Swin­don were tir­ing.

“It’s a pos­i­tive point and we are still in with a shout for third place. We have to be proud of what the players have achieved this sea­son, re­gard­less of whether we fin­ish third or fourth.”

Brown is be­ing closely mon­i­tored by Ox­ford United.

“She is ma­ture be­yond her years and she re­ally drives us on,” Cheal said. “She is one to keep an eye on.”

Chel­tenham Town Ladies: B Pan­niers; S Wal­ters, C Dol­loway, S Morris, N Purvis (L El­lis 56); A Be­van (S But­ter­field 64), G Brown, L Fen­some, B Wilkins (A Davies 84), E Hitch­cox; A Mar­tin. Subs not used: A Leask, E Briscoe.

Swin­don Town Ladies: S Barrett; P New, K Nightin­gale, S Mor­gan, J Teas­dale (S Doidge 76); C Lawrence, K Evans (R Lewis 46), A Telling (R Sc­ahill 88), H Diaz-butcher; M Col­ford, M Larkin. Subs not used: L Goodright, N Goodright.

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