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Gillingham 0 Pompey Women 2

James and Currie on target for Blues

7 April 2019

Pompey Women
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Pompey Women stretched their winning to four games with a 2-0 National League victory at Gillingham.

Katie James and Eilidh Currie both struck in the second half to help the Blues close the gap on seventh-placed Loughborough to two points.

Jay Sadler made three changes from the side that beat Southampton to lift the Hampshire Cup earlier in the week.

Hannah Haughton, Caitlin Collighan and Jade Widdows all returned, with Mel Burns, Carla Perkins and Rachel Panting making way.

There were not many clear-cut openings in a low-key opening 45 minutes, although Shannon Albuery and Collighan both sent efforts wide.

The best chance that the hosts carved out before the break, meanwhile, was a shot from Alice Bussey that cleared the crossbar.

Half Time: Gillingham 0 Pompey 0

But the Blues were much livelier in the second half and JAMES opened the scoring with a fine 30-year free-kick.

The midfielder almost doubled the advantage moments later, only to see her attempt flash narrowly past the post.

CURRIE did add another goal on 74 minutes, however, stabbing home from close range after Jade Bradley’s free-kick had been saved.

The Gills tried to fight back and Jazz Younger was forced to clear from the line as Pompey came under some late pressure.

But they had to finish the game with just 10 players on the pitch, as Bethany James limped off after all substitutions had been made.

And Pompey comfortably saw out the closing stages to ensure they would take home all three points.

Pompey: Haughton; Currie, Southgate (c), Younger, Tonks; Bradley, Rowe, James; C.Collighan (May 60), Albuery (Kirby 46), Widdows
Sub not used: Burns


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