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Pompey Women 3 Hounslow 0

Blues enjoy another home success

18 October 2020

Pompey Women
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Pompey Women continued their bright start to life at Westleigh Park with a comfortable National League victory over bottom club Hounslow.

Becki Bath bagged a brace to take her personal tally for the season to nine goals, while Ava Rowbotham opened her account for the club.

Jay Sadler made one change from the side that struck seven unanswered goals past Plymouth the previous week.

Abi Mason was handed a full debut following her arrival from Brighton, with Rosie McDonnell dropping to the bench.

And the Blues got off to a great start, taking the lead with the first decent chance of the contest on 14 minutes.

The identity of the goalscorer came as no surprise, with BATH on hand to tap home after Jade Bradley’s free-kick had cannoned back off the crossbar.

Jade Widdows soon came close to doubling the advantage, turning her marker and firing narrowly past the post.

And skipper Bradley was next to try her luck, but again was just off target following a good cross from Mason.

Katie James then had a shot after receiving a corner on the right, only to curl her effort inches over the top.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Hounslow 0

The Blues remained in control once the action restarted and it did not take them long to find a second goal.

BATH was, once again, the hero, this time smashing the ball into the net from close range to give the hosts a welcome cushion.

Widdows’ angled drive was then kept out by a fine save before the points were finally wrapped up on 69 minutes.

It was an impressive way for ROWBOTHAM to get off the mark for Pompey, with the summer signing’s half-volley finding the net from the edge of the box.

Not that the Blues sat back from that point, as Bath fired an attempt over the bar following good work from Widdows.

And Rowbotham was then denied a second goal of the afternoon from an acute angle by the Hounslow stopper.

But Pompey had already done more than enough to secure another victory and climb up to fourth in the table.

Pompey: Haughton; Mason (Tonks 71), Younger, Ingram; Bridge (McDonnell 46), Rowe, Rowbotham, Bradley (c); Widdows, James (True 71), Bath


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