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Ladies Ease To Gillingham Victory

Stephens, Clark, Quayle and Albuery all on target

13 November 2017

Pompey Ladies in action
Photo: Jordan Hampton

There was no rustiness from Pompey Ladies following a two-week break, as they romped to a 4-0 victory at Gillingham.

All the goals arrived in the first half, with the Blues displaying some clinical finishing to move into the top half of the Premier League Southern Division table.

Rachel Panting and Molly Clark had already gone close before the deadlock was broken after just 12 minutes.

A shot from Clark took a deflection and landed nicely for Natasha Stephens to find the net with a neat finish.

They continued to push forward and the hosts were left clinging on as the ball ricocheted dangerously around the area.

But the lead was doubled when Clark – who had already tested the keeper with a long-range effort – netted an absolute screamer.

It looked like Gillingham would see out the rest of the half, only for Pompey to add two more goals just before the break to put the result beyond doubt.

Samantha Quayle used the outside of her boot to score a third, while Shannon Albuery wrapped things up with a fine strike.

The visitors did not need to show so much attacking intent after the interval, although Stephens was twice unlucky not to add to the rout.

"We created plenty of chances, played our football, looked solid in defence and were deserved winners."

Jay Sadler

Blues boss Jay Sadler said: “I’m really pleased with the result and the performance. The girls translated what they had done in training into the game.

“We created plenty of chances, played our football, looked solid in defence and were deserved winners.

“The whole team played their part and some of our build-up play from the back was superb. We circulated the ball well.

“I’m proud of the clean sheet, although Gillingham were unable to throw much at us and Robyn didn’t have a lot to do in goal.”

Pompey: Levett; Currie, Southgate, Boswell, Bazan (c) (Kirby 65); Quayle, Sievwright, Clark (Peck 82), Stephens; Albuery (Simmons 72), Panting
Subs not used: Burke, Tonks

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