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Pompey Women 3 Hounslow 0

Blues enjoy comfortable National League win

24 October 2021

Pompey Women
Photo: Tyler Miller

Pompey Women returned to winning ways with a comfortable victory over bottom club Hounslow at Westleigh Park.

It was not quite the goal-fest fans might have expected following the most recent clash between the sides.

But goals from Shannon Albuery, Hayley Bridge and Jade Widdows secured the points with a minimum of fuss.

Jay Sadler made three changes from the side that were beaten by Birdgwater in the last outing a fortnight earlier.

Sammy Quayle, Rebekah Tonks and Freya Jones all returned to the line-up, with Jazz Younger, Ava Rowbotham and Jade Bradley making way.

With Pompey hitting 11 unanswered goals past the Londoners when the sides met last month, it did not come as a surprise to see them break the deadlock early on.

There were just six minutes on the clock when ALBUERY collected an incisive Hayley Bridge pass and fired home from an acute angle.

That failed to spark a deluge, however, and Dani Lane’s attempt midway through the first half was saved by Sophia Garrido.

The visitors sat deep and got almost every player behind the ball, ensuring the Blues required plenty of patience to find their next breakthrough.

And the advantage was doubled before the break, as BRIDGE combined with Evie Gane and rounded Garrido before tapping into an empty net.

There was almost a third goal before the sides went in for the interval, with Danielle Rowe’s corner cleared from the line and a powerful Jaime Gotch header then punched clear.

Half Time: Pompey 2 Hounslow 0

Pompey did increase their lead early in the second half, when Rowe’s free-kick led to a scramble in the area.

The ball eventually fell for WIDDOWS – who had replaced Rosie McDonnell at the break – to poke home.

Hounslow still had damage limitation on their mind, though, and continued to frustrate the home side’s attacking players.

A chance was created on 68 minutes, but Cherelle Khassal dragged a shot wide after being teed-up by Widdows.

And the dominant Blues kept pushing forward in the closing stages in their attempts to give the scoreline an added gloss.

Tamsin de Bunsen went close ending the contest on a high, but could only volley straight at Garrido after twisting her way into space.

And substitute Kitty Cleeve then drew a smart stop from the keeper in stoppage-time, as Pompey had to settle for a three-goal haul.

Pompey: Haughton; Quayle, Tonks (Khassal 63), Gotch (Selvester 90+2), Gane; Rowe (c), F.Jones (Cleeve 87); Bridge, Lane, McDonnell (Widdows 46); Albuery (de Bunsen 63)

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