Yeovil Town Women suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday (September 8) at home to Crawley Wasps.
Manager Jamie Phillip brought in Katie Jones, Charlotte Buxton, and Laura Williams for their first starts of the season.
It was Crawley who began the brighter at the Clayson Stadium, with Maria Ledezma-Viso providing a test to the Yeovil defence.
With possession even across the opening period Yeovil’s best opportunities came from quick counter attacks and combinations out wide between Sarah Wiltshire and Laura Williams. But they failed to create any real chances.
A corner to Crawley almost caught out Yeovil’s Beth Howard but Jodie Chubb cleared the ball to safety. This seemed to spark Yeovil into life with sharper play and should have found the net.
A dangerous free kick delivery found a Yeovil head only for Gibbs in the Crawley goal to push the ball away to safety before Gibbs was called upon again after clever link up play out wide saw a cross was almost turned into the Crawley net by a visiting defender.
As half-time approached possession continued to change hands as possession was not secured. Yeovil conceded their first competitive goal of 2019/20 when they failed to clear their lines and Crawley’s Rebecca Carter put a simple close range strike beyond Howard and her defence.
Half-time: Yeovil Town Women FC 0 – 1 Crawley Wasps LFC
Phillip’s charges rallied at the start of the second half as they provided a lot more hustle much to the delight of the home crowd. An equaliser almost came within five minutes of the re-start as Annie Heatherson couldn’t quite get enough purchase on the ball to defeat Gibbs. Sarah Wiltshire soon started to find her range but either found Gibbs or failed to find the target.
The equaliser came from Heatherson’s hustle in midfield to rob Crawley of the ball before finding Wiltshire with time and space to curl the ball past Gibbs
The following 10 minutes saw a dis-jointed game and Yeovil leaving space at the back as they pushed forward. A foul on the edge of the box gave Crawley and dangerous free kick. Crawley captain, Naomi Cole curled a delightful free kick over the Yeovil wall and passed Howard.
With final failed opportunities from good sharp build up play Yeovil couldn’t find an equaliser. Yeovil will look to bounce back next Sunday as they visit Plymouth Argyle.