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London Bees 0 Pompey Women 4

Blues go back to the top of the table

3 December 2023


London Bees 0 Pompey Women 4

Blues go back to the top of the table

3 December 2023

Pompey Women returned to the top of the National League table after securing a comfortable 4-0 victory over London Bees at The Hive.

Jazz Younger and Emma Jones provided an interval lead before Dani Lane and Ella Humphrey came off the bench to complete the job late on.

Jay Sadler stuck with the same side that hit seven unanswered goals past Ebbsfleet in the FA Cup the previous week.

The visitors started brightly and an Ava Rowbotham effort was deflected past the post after Sophie Quirk’s cross had been cleared into the midfielder’s path.

And the deadlock was broken from the resulting corner, with Ella Hunkin unable to hold the ball and YOUNGER capitalising.

Ali Hall thought she had doubled the lead following good work from Younger and Jones moments later, only to be denied by an offside flag.

Quirk then got on the end of a deep Nicole Barrett delivery and sent a header flashing narrowly off target.

The same duo combined again on 34 minutes and this time Quirk volleyed just wide after Barrett had cut the ball back for her.

Still the chances kept coming and when Quirk picked out Jones inside the area, the striker’s header was well saved by Hunkin.

But that pressure paid off just before the break, as Beth Lumsden slid a Quirk centre back across the goal for JONES to finish.

Half Time: London Bees 0 Pompey 2

The Blues continued to enjoy most of the possession when the action restarted, but were not finding clear-cut openings as easy to come by.

There was a Quirk cross that just evaded Barrett at the far post, while Younger could not keep her volleyed attempt under the bar.

Sadler turned to his bench to try to liven up proceedings, with Lane, Humphrey and Emily Pitman all introduced.

It was Georgie Freeland who came close to adding a third goal on 79 minutes, however, bringing down Riva Casley’s pass and drilling a shot against the post.

But LANE who put any doubts to bed soon after by converting a cut-back from fellow substitute Humphrey.

HUMPHREY then found the target herself at the death after Pompey had broken quickly up the pitch following a Bees corner.

And with Hashtag United losing to Cheltenham, the result was enough to send the Blues back to the summit.

Pompey: Haughton; Barrett (Bowers 84), Younger, Casley, Wild (Collins 84); Hall, Rowbotham (Lane 64), Freeland (Humphrey 82); Lumsden, Jones (Pitman 82), Quirk

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