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Pompey Women 0 Bridgwater 2

Blues beaten at Westleigh Park

10 October 2021

Pompey Women
Photo: Dave Haines

Pompey Women’s inconsistent form continued, as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat against Bridgwater at Westleigh Park.

They created some decent openings, but goals from Poppy Wilson and Meesha Dudley-Jones ensured the visitors departed with all three points.

Jay Sadler stuck with the same side that saw off Chichester & Selsey on home soil earlier in the week.

And they made a bright start to proceedings, with Dani Lane’s effort from the edge of the box kept out by Beth Howard.

Jade Bradley then curled a free-kick onto the roof of the net before Lane nodded a Sammy Quayle delivery narrowly wide.

Lane was looking particularly lively and she sent a shot agonisingly past the post following good work from Shannon Albuery.

Bridgwater were looking dangerous themselves, however, and Hannah Haughton did well to come off her line and beat Ellie Strippel in a race for the ball.

But United did break the deadlock just before the interval, as Wilson arrived at the back post to convert a low cross.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Bridgwater 1

The Blues almost grabbed an immediate leveller after the restart, courtesy of a drifting Albuery centre that rattled the bar.

They were looking a lot brighter in possession and were in the ascendency, but struggled to create many more meaningful openings.

And Bridgwater then doubled their advantage against the run of play, with substitute Dudley-Jones tapping home following a goalmouth scramble.

Pompey kept battling away and a teasing cross from Danielle Rowe was just out of reach for the onrushing Albuery.

But it was proving not to be the home side’s day and when Quayle raced onto Jade Widdows’ pass, her shot struck the post.

Bridgwater were then able to see out the closing stages to consolidate third spot in the National League standings.

Pompey: Haughton; Rowe, Younger, Gotch, Gane; Rowbotham, Bradley (c) (Tonks 90+1); Bridge (F.Jones 77), Lane (Widdows 77), McDonnell (Quayle 8); Albuery
Sub not used: Kingshott


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