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London Bees 0 Pompey Women 4

Blues ease to National League victory

13 March 2022

Pompey Women
Photo: Tyler Miller

Shannon Albuery hit a hat-trick as Pompey Women eased past London Bees to record their first league win of the calendar year.

Anaisa Harney was also on target at The Hive, while new signing Anisha Hill came off the bench to make her debut.

Jay Sadler made two changes from the side that drew with Cardiff on home soil in the last National League outing.

Skipper Danielle Rowe returned to the back-line, while there was also a start for Anaisa Harney, as Hayley Bridge and Emma Jones made way.

There was an early chance for the visitors to break the deadlock when Cherelle Khassal collected a ball over the top from Harney, but her shot was turned behind by Faye Hazelton.

But Pompey had an even better opportunity to forge ahead when Khassal was shoved over inside the box.

The referee pointed straight to the spot and ALBUERY confidently stepped up to send Hazelton the wrong way.

And the advantage was soon doubled after Harney had stolen possession and found Khassal, who teed-up ALBUERY to rifle the ball into the top corner.

Hannah Haughton ensured that they maintained that healthy cushion by making saves to deny Jade Bell and Florence Gamby.

But the points were secure just before the break, with ALBUERY converting her second penalty after being brought down in the area.

Half Time: London Bees 0 Pompey 3

The hosts tried to fight back once the action restarted and Haughton did well to stop the ball being bundled over the line following a goalmouth scramble.

Any doubts were quickly put to bed, however, as Khassal provided another assist for HARNEY to score on the half-volley.

But a clean sheet was still to be preserved and so there was relief when Jo Wilson’s free-kick struck the crossbar.

Sadler used all five of his substitutes to freshen things up and provide a deserved rest for some tired legs.

One of the players brought on was midfielder Hill, who had only completed her Blues switch earlier in the day.

Pompey kept pushing forward, though, and Khassal was unlucky not to get in on the scoring act when she drove a shot narrowly past the post.

The visitors had already done more than enough to secure victory, though, and hopefully inspire a late surge up the table.

Pompey: Haughton; Younger, Gane, Rowe (c); Quayle (Tonks 62), Lane (Bridge 84), F.Jones (Hill 75), Rolf (Gotch 84); Khassal, Albuery (Rowbotham 84), Harney


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