Ellie Olds’ brace and an effort from a trialist gave Swindon a convincing friendly victory over Southampton.
Not even a minute had been played by the time Swindon found themselves a goal up at Cinder Lane, after a trialist gave the Robins the lead after a matter of seconds with a close-range finish.
In the blink of an eye, it was 2-0 to Town with Olds getting her first of the afternoon with a powerful effort from close range after the Southampton backline made a mess of clearing a Helena Diaz-Butcher cross from the right.
Olds got her second and Swindon’s third in the closing stages by heading home a Tori Taylor corner to put the cherry on the cake for Jamie Davies’ side.
Southampton rarely gave Emily McGrogan much to do in goal, but the 16-year-old was needed to prevent a long-range shot in the first half and did well to hold onto the powerful drive.
The first half also saw Olds divert a cross-shot from Rhi Lewis over the bar and Diaz-Butcher shot over the bar from a tight angle as Town pushed for a third before the half-time break.
Southampton had the first major chance of the second half, but their curled attempt drifted past McGrogan’s far post.
Megan Attenborough started Swindon attacking the other end in the second half and saw her shot held by the opposition goalkeeper before full-back Gipsy Viveash struck over the bar after a surging run down the right.
Olds then made it 3-0 with her header and she came close to netting her hat-trick goal with a fantastic chipped attempt that was brilliantly tipped over the bar.
Swindon Town: Emily McGrogan, Anna Barnes, Gipsy Viveash, Jess Graham, Amy Leask, Jen Gray, Rhi Lewis, Megan Attenborough, Trialist, Ellie Olds, Helena Diaz-Butcher, Kay Hateley, Honor Fraser, Hannah Peachey, Tori Taylor.
By Benjamin Wills