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Pompey Women 4 Gillingham 1

Blues battle from behind to secure victory

26 August 2018

Pompey Women
Photo: Stephen Cumming

Pompey Women continued their prolific start to the season with a 4-1 victory over Gillingham at the PMC Stadium.

But they had to battle from behind to ensure a 100 per cent record in the National League South standings.

All of the home side’s goals arrived in an eventful second half played out in extremely wet conditions on the south coast.

The game took a while to get going in tough conditions, although it was the visitors who took the lead with the final kick before the interval.

Maddison Farrand found the target with a free-kick from the edge of the box that left Mel Burns stranded in the Pompey goal.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Gillingham 1

There were just 10 seconds on the clock following the restart when the Blues found themselves level, as Shannon ALBUERY slotted past Courtney Shanly.

And Jay Sadler’s team-talk certainly appeared to be working, as the Blues doubled their lead just before the hour mark.

Katie JAMES marked her return to the side with a memorable long-range effort that soared into the net.

The next goal arrived just six minutes later and it was another strike from distance, this time from Jade BRADLEY, that found the target.

It was the familiar sight of Daisy McLACHLAN scoring that wrapped up the win, courtesy of another rocket that Shanly was helpless to keep out.

Now Pompey will look to continue their winning run when Chichester visit the PMC Stadium in the National League Cup next Sunday. The tie kicks-off at 2pm, with tickets priced £5 for adults and £2 for concessions.

Midfielder Carla Perkins said: “Every single player fought on that pitch. I’m buzzing to get a 4-1 win and more minutes under my belt.”

Pompey: Burns; Kirby, Southgate (c), Russell, Geer (Carter 87); Rowe, Perkins (Currie 80), Bradley, James (Younger 90); Albuery, McLachlan
Subs not used: May, Eadon

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