Swansea 2nds set for relegation play-off

Swansea 2nds face a relegation play-off after being thrashed 13-0 by Swansea 1sts.

Captain Bethan Rudge admits the step up to 2B Division has been a challenge for her side but is hoping to avoid an instant return to 3A Division.

“It’s always difficult after you get promoted, especially this league as it’s such a big difference to the 3A Division,” said Rudge.

“But we knew our must-win games were against Swansea Met and so far we have beaten them when we needed to.

“The final game against the Met is definitely the biggest game of my captaincy, but I’m confident that we are good enough to stay up.”

The 1sts made the breakthrough after 10 minutes when midfielder Talitha Drennan scored from a corner, and then the flood gates opened.

Reagan Healey added three more before Victoria Bodington scored her first ever header.

The 2nds attempted to fight back with two quick counter-attacks from Rudge and Jodie Thomas, but could not find the net.

And after the break substitute Sasha Bailey increased the lead further with a hat-trick to make it 8-0 on the hour mark.

Lauren Walker, Sue Fitzpatrick and 1sts captain Ria Llewellyn scored five more between them to cap off the win.

Llewellyn paid tribute to her team. “I’m really pleased with the team’s performance,” she said.

“We particularly picked things up in the second half but attacked well throughout.”

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