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Match Preview: Pompey Women v Gillingham

Blues return to league action

25 January 2020

Pompey Women

Pompey Women will make a long-awaited return to National League action when they host Gillingham on Sunday (2pm kick-off).

Jay Sadler’s are aiming to bounce back from their narrow FA Cup defeat to Ipswich three weeks ago – their most recent competitive fixture.

It will also be the first time they have been playing for points since winning away to Cardiff towards the end of November

Goals from Tamsin de Bunsen and Eilidh Currie ensured the Blues battled from behind to triumph 2-1 in the Welsh capital that day.

The Blues have not played a league fixture on home since all the way back in September, when they hosted Oxford.

Mia Adaway’s first senior goal was not enough on a day to forget for Pompey, as the visitors eased to a 4-1 victory.

Gillingham have already been beaten once on the south coast this season, with an extra-time defeat in the League Cup.

Pompey – who take on Southampton in the quarter-finals of that competition next weekend – went ahead through Laura Ingram’s close-range finish.

But they went from looking totally dominant to falling behind and it too a superb 25-yard strike from Jade Widdows to level the tie.

With a penalty shoot-out looming, Charmaine True then flicked the ball home following a goalmouth scramble.

The Gills currently sit eighth in the National League standings, just one place and a single point behind Pompey, but having played two games more.

De Bunsen is still sidelined with a hamstring injury, but it the only Blues player unavailable for selection.

Widdows has recovered from last month’s knee surgery, while Becki Bath and Rosie McDonnell will be hoping to return to the side.

Tickets can be bought on the gate at the PMC Stadium (PO3 5LY), priced £5 for adults and £2 for concessions (U18/63+).

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