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Pompey Women 3 Chichester 1

James, Bradley and Panting on target for Blues

28 March 2019

Pompey Women
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Pompey Women roared back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over rivals Chichester in an eventful contest at the PMC Stadium.

Katie James and Jade Bradley struck fine free-kicks to give the hosts a commanding lead, only for Jess Lewry to pull one back.

The Lilywhites – who included several former Blues players in their side – were trying to maintain a National League title challenge.

But Lewry twice saw penalties saved by Hannah Haughton in the closing stages, before Rachel Panting wrapped things up at the other end.

Jay Sadler made two changes from the side beaten by Cardiff at the weekend, with Jade Widdows and Danielle Rowe replacing Carla Perkins and Jazz Younger.

Chichester started brightly, but it was their opponents who had the first decent opportunity, with Shannon Albuery forcing a save from Lauren Dolbear.

And the crowd – which included men’s players Ben Close and Adam May – soon saw Pompey take the lead.

They won a free-kick right on the edge of the box and JAMES stepped up to fire a powerful effort past Dolbear.

The advantage was doubled midway through the first half after Albuery had been fouled by Gemma Simmonds on the right.

It was BRADLEY who decided to take the free-kick this time and she curled a fine strike right into the top corner.

But Chichester immediately reduced their deficit when Lewry pounced on a misplaced pass and beat Haughton at the second attempt.

Both sides looked to add to the scoring before the break, with Widdows firing narrowly wide and Lewry also sending a shot off target.

Half Time: Pompey 2 Chichester 1

The chances continued to flow once the action restarted and a long-range lob from Lewry struck the crossbar.

Widdows then hit a fierce effort that was well saved by Dolbear at her neat post, while Molly Clark fired over for City.

Pompey came close to restoring their two-goal lead when Panting met a James corner with a header that cannoned against the woodwork.

But Chichester were also looking dangerous as they chased an equaliser and a curling effort from Clark had to be tipped over.

And it looked like they would be level when Alex Collighan was punished for a push on Lewry inside the box.

It was Lewry who stepped up to take the spot-kick, only for Haughton to get down and push the ball clear.

Amazingly, Lewry had another chance to score a penalty four minutes later after being fouled in the box again.

This time the attacker went the other way, but Haughton guessed correctly once more to ensure the Blues remained in front.

And they made sure of the points in stoppage-time, when a powerful strike from PANTING rocketed into the net off the underside of the bar.

Pompey: Haughton; Currie, Southgate (c), Rowe, Tonks; Panting, Bradley, James (May 90+2), A.Collighan (C.Collighan 90); Widdows (Younger 86), Albuery
Subs not used: Burns, Perkins

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