The opening game of the South West Counties Women’s Championship was recently staged at Corsham Town FC, where Wiltshire held last season’s runners-up Devon in a 1-1 tie.
The Devon FA said the match was played ‘in the most unbearable heat ever experienced by those that attended’ and also that ‘Both sides at times looked worried, players struggled to run for periods of times.’
Devon’s Nadine Johns fired narrowly wide in the 33rd minute for the nearest thing to a goal in the first half.
The visitors opted to remain outside at half-time, the hosts taking shelter in the changing rooms, and it was they who were to open the scoring.
Goalkeeper Zoe Stock twice denied Wiltshire but could not deal with a cross that came out of the sun on the hour, Ellie Cameron taking the opportunity to tuck the ball home.
However, with just 12 minutes left a through ball fell at the feet of Brittany Harris who flicked it past the outstretched arms of Wiltshire’s keeper, to watch it trickle into the empty net.
Devon are also involved in the next fixture of the five-team round-robin competition, when on Tuesday 7th August they take on holders Gloucestershire at Newton Abbot.