CAPTAIN Liz Lawler remained upbeat after Swanage & Wareham ladies were beaten 4-0 by Wimborne Wayfarers on the opening day of the West Clubs' Women's League East Division campaign.

Wimborne opened the scoring in the first half and were denied a second by new Swans keeper Sarah MacAulay, who saved a penalty just before half-time.

However, the visitors were strong after the restart and two quick goals put them 3-0 up.

Despite many short corners and close calls for Swans, the ball would not go into the net and Wimborne added another goal to complete an emphatic victory.

Lawler said: “Despite the loss, we are very positive.

"We have quite a few new faces in the team and towards the end of the match we were gelling, so we’re optimistic for the rest of the season."

The Swans squad comprised MacAulay, Jackie Barker, Ailsa Burt, Tanya Read, Eden Crook, Naomi Butters, Liz Lawler, Kate Black, Evie Binns, Lisa Swan, Becky Nicholson, Jill Maynard, Lisa Maidman.

Maria Foot's side endured a tough day at the office in their second league game at Weymouth on Saturday.

A late change to the start time meant many Swans players were unavailable, enabling the hosts to run out 11-1 winners. Swans' consolation goal came from Butters.