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Pompey Women 0 Gillingham 0

Blues held to a National League draw

27 February 2022

Pompey Women
Photo: Tyler Miller

Pompey Women are still searching for their first league win of the calendar year after being held to a goalless draw by Gillingham at Westleigh Park.

It was a contest of few clear-cut chances, although the Blues did hit the woodwork in the closing stages.

Jay Sadler made two changes from the side that were beaten on home soil by Crawley in their last outing.

Sammy Quayle and Freya Jones both returned to the starting line-up, with Annie Rolf and Cherelle Khassal making way.

There was little of note to occur in the opening moments in sunny Hampshire, as both sides looked neat in possession, but struggled to create much in the final third.

A corner did end up with a scramble in the visitors’ box midway through the first half, leading to a shot from Freya Jones that was hacked from the line.

And Emma Jones then saw a shot flash narrowly wide just before the break following good work from Hayley Bridge.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Gillingham 0

The excitement levels did not rise dramatically once the action restarted, with both keepers enjoying a relatively quiet afternoon.

Freya Jones, however, showed plenty of tenacity to win the ball in the middle of the pitch on the hour mark.

She then played a pass into the path of top scorer Shannon Albuery, although her shot was deflected behind for a corner.

Sadler used his substitutions to inject some fresh energy into proceedings and try to turn one point into three.

But it was a player who had been on from the start who came closest to providing the all-important goal on 86 minutes.

There did not look much on when Emma Jones collected the ball 40 yards out, but her strike cannoned against the crossbar.

That was as close as either team came to finding a winner, though, and the spoils were ultimately shared.

Pompey: Haughton; Younger, Gane, Rowe (c); Quayle, Gotch, Lane, F.Jones (Rolf 77), Bridge (de Bunsen 87); E.Jones; Albuery (Khassal 70)
Subs not used: Tonks, Harney


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