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Keynsham 1 Pompey Women 2

Bath and McDonnell on target for Blues

27 September 2020

Pompey Women
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Becki Bath and Rosie McDonnell were on target as Pompey Women enjoyed a 2-1 National League victory at Keynsham.

The visitors scored both their goals by the midway point of the first half, while their opponents replied before the break with a penalty.

Jay Sadler stuck with the same side that had battled to a 2-2 draw at Yeovil on the opening day of the season.

And he was rewarded by a bright start from his side, with Katie James and Jade Widdows both creating opportunities in the opening stages.

So it came as no surprise when the Blues broke the deadlock on 12 minutes, as Widdows laid the ball off for BATH to slot home.

Bath then turned provider to help them double their advantage soon after, teeing up McDONNELL to find the target from an acute angle.

The lead was almost extended further, only for Charlotte Haynes to brilliantly deny Widdows from point-blank range.

Keynsham were then afforded a lifeline when they won a penalty that was converted by Kerry Bartlett.

It was still the visitors looking more dangerous, however, and Ava Rowbotham’s long-range effort flew narrowly past the post.

Half Time: Keynsham 1 Pompey 2

Pompey were immediately back on the attack following the restart and a ferocious McDonnell strike cannoned against the crossbar.

Bath then found Katie James on the edge of the area just before the hour mark and her effort flew just off target.

It was certainly a closer contest in the second half, but Hannah Haughton was not being overly troubled between the sticks.

Pompey were looking the more likely side to add to the scoring, with Bath’s attempt from 25 yards striking the post.

She was replaced for the closing stages of the contest, with summer signing Kat Cunningham handed a debut.

And the Blues saw out the final few minutes with relative ease to continue their unbeaten start to the campaign.

Pompey: Haughton; Tonks, Younger (Currie 52), Rowe, McDonnell; Bradley (c), Rowbotham, James (de Bunsen 62); Widdows, Bridge, Bath (Cunningham 90)
Subs not used: Ingram, Adaway


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