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Pompey Women 2 Gillingham 1

Another win at Westleigh Park

25 October 2020

Pompey Women
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Pompey Women fought from behind to beat Gillingham and continue their 100 per cent record at Westleigh Park.

They recovered from the shock of Otesha Charles’ early strike to go in level at the break, courtesy of Becki Bath’s close-range finish.

And with time running out, Ava Rowbotham’s fine effort meant that the Blues finished a successful October on a high by climbing up to second in the National League standings.

Jay Sadler made two changes from the side that beat bottom club Hounslow on home soil the previous week.

Rosie McDonnell and Charmaine True both returned to the starting line-up, with Hayley Bridge and the injured Jade Widdows making way.

The hosts got off to the worst possible start, as Charles raced onto a long ball over the top to fire the Gills in front.

Pompey tried to hit back and find an equaliser, but for all their possession, were being frustrated by a stubborn defence.

They finally made the breakthrough midway through the first half, when Jazmin Younger headed down Jade Bradley’s corner for BATH to smash home.

But the Kent side almost restored their advantage just before the break, with Hannah Haughton making a superb save to deny Mel Espinosa.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Gillingham 1

The Blues tried to raise their tempo once the action restarted, but were still finding it hard to break down an organised Gillingham back-line.

Bridge and Mia Adaway were both brought off the bench, as Sadler tried to inject some fresh impetus into proceedings.

And there was an opening when skipper Bradley slipped a pass through to True, only for keeper Cara Davies to snatch the ball from the striker’s feet.

It was looking like Pompey’s attempts to record a fourth successive victory were going to end in disappointment.

But they did take the lead for the first time in the afternoon on 85 minutes – and it was certainly worth waiting for.

The ball fell nicely for ROWBOTHAM and the midfielder sent a shot over Davies and into the net from 25 yards.

It might have got even better for the hosts in stoppage-time, but the Gills managed to prevent the rampaging Adaway from getting a shot away.

And the closing stages passed by without any more major incidents, as Pompey secured another three points.

Pompey: Haughton; Mason (Bridge 71), Younger, Ingram, McDonell; Rowe, Rowbotham; James (Adaway 77), Bradley (c), Bath; True (Cunningham 82)
Subs not used: Tonks, Currie

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