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Pompey Women 2 Arsenal U21 2

Bath and Widdows on target for Blues

25 April 2021

Pompey Women
Photo: Dave Haines

Pompey Women conceded a late penalty and had to settle for a draw in their latest friendly against Arsenal U21s at Westleigh Park.

A Becki Bath spot-kick and Jade Widdows header had seen them battle from behind the lead against the Londoners.

But the visitors hit back in the closing stages of an entertaining encounter to ensure that the spoils would be shared.

Jay Sadler made two changes from the side that drew with Ipswich the previous week, as Freya Jones and Katie James made way for Ava Rowbotham and Widdows.

The Gunners took an early lead, but the Blues soon moved through the gears and Albuery could not quite convert a cut-back from Widdows.

Widdows then diverted a Jade Bradley free-kick narrowly over the crossbar, while an audacious long-range Bath volley was saved.

Albuery flashed an effort just wide following the restart before the hosts were given a chance to level just past the hour mark.

A foul on Albuery inside the box was penalised by the referee and BATH made no mistake from the spot to level the scores.

And the game was turned on its head just a few moments later, as WIDDOWS converted a teasing Bradley corner.

Pompey thought they had extended their advantage when Albuery found the net, only to be denied by an offside flag.

Arsenal then levelled on 84 minutes with a penalty of their own and might have snatched a win, with Danielle Rowe on hand to clear from the line at the death.

Pompey: Haughton; Rowe, Currie (Mason 53), Tonks; Bridge, Rowbotham, Bradley (c), Cunningham (Adaway 68); Widdows (True 68), Albuery, Bath (James 68)

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