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MK Dons 0 Pompey Women 4

Blues win on return to league action

1 March 2020

Pompey Women
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Pompey Women enjoyed a successful return to National League action, with a 4-0 rout of MK Dons.

Jade Widdows bagged a brace, while there were also goals from Katie James and Rosie McDonnell at Stadium MK.

Jay Sadler made four changes from the side that thrashed Bedhampton in the PDFA Cup last month, with Hannah Haughton, Rebekah Tonks, Jade Bradley and Hayley Bridge all returning.

It was the first league game for the Blues since they won at Cardiff towards the end of November, but they did not look rusty.

There were half-chances for Bradley and Molly Clark in the opening stages, as the visitors looked to make early inroads.

And Widdows went close to grabbing an opener midway through the first half, only to see her effort palmed away by Kiya Webb.

The keeper came to the rescue again soon after, this time keeping out Clark’s header from a Bradley free-kick.

But the deadlock was finally broken just before the break, as WIDDOWS was gifted possession and rounded the keeper before firing home.

Half Time: MK Dons 0 Pompey 1

Pompey continued to dominate once the action restarted, but they had to wait until past the hour mark before doubling their advantage.

There was more good work from Widdows and after her shot was cleared from the line, JAMES followed up to convert the loose ball.

And another goal quickly followed, as Bridge burst down the right and played a fine pass that McDONNELL collected and fired home.

The situation almost got even worse for the hosts, although Webb did well to keep out a diving Widdows header.

But the Blues did score a fourth goal on 82 minutes, with McDonnell laying the ball off for WIDDOWS to lash into the roof of the net.

Sadler used all his substitutions in a comfortable closing stages and Nicole Filipe came on for her debut late on.

Pompey: Haughton; Tonks, Southgate (c), Currie, McDonnell; Clark, Rowe, Bradley (Adaway 88); Widdows, James (Bath 77), Bridge (Filipe 84)
Subs not used: Burns, Younger


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