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Chichester 1 Pompey Women 4

Blues record second successive league win

9 October 2019

Pompey Women
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Pompey Women beat Chichester 4-1 to secure back-to-back National League wins for the first time this season.

Charmaine True gave them an early lead at Oaklands Park, with Sunday’s hat-trick hero Becki Bath soon doubling the advantage.

The hosts managed to reduce their deficit before the break, but Jade Widdows’ penalty and a Rosie McDonnell strike ensured the points would be heading back to Hampshire.

Jay Sadler made four changes from the side that had routed Keynsham 7-2 just three days earlier, with skipper Amelia Southgate among those to make way.

Jazz Younger, Danielle Rowe, Hayley Bridge and Widdows all came in and Jade Bradley took the armband.

Widdows and Bath had already gone close for the Blues by the time the deadlock was broken on 10 minutes.

And it was TRUE who got them up and running, courtesy of a lovely chipped finish that left Jaime Rowlands with no chance.

The lead was almost immediately doubled, as BATH found the target with a superb strike from 30 yards.

Bath was proving to be a particular menace and had another effort deflected wide before teeing-up McDonnell for a shot that was saved.

But Chichester found a route back into the game midway through the first half, with Megan Fox scoring an impressive goal of her own.

It was Pompey looking more likely to add to the scoring, however, and Younger’s header was cleared from the line.

Half Time: Chichester 1 Pompey 2

They continued to push forward after the break and a shot from Laura Ingram flew narrowly past the post.

And the Blues did restore their two-goal advantage, with WIDDOWS slamming home a penalty after Bath had been fouled in the box.

McDONNELL then made sure of the points on 65 minutes, powerfully converting Bath’s cross to open her account for the club.

The visitors went in search of more goals and McDonnell had another attempt saved after driving into the area.

And when the lively new signing was found by substitute Tamsin de Bunsen, her shot clipped the crossbar.

There were few clear-cut chances in the closing stages, though, as Pompey comfortably saw the game out to record another valuable victory.

Pompey: Burns; Currie (Tonks 60), Younger, Ingram; Widdows, Rowe, Bradley (c), McDonnell; True, Bridge, Bath (de Bunsen 68)
Subs not used: Southgate, Adaway

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