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Match Preview: Nottingham Forest v Pompey Women

Blues in League Cup action

4 March 2023


Match Preview: Nottingham Forest v Pompey Women

Blues in League Cup action

4 March 2023

Pompey Women are back on the road on Sunday, as they take on Nottingham Forest in the semi-finals of the National League Cup (2pm kick-off).

It comes off the back of a weekend away from action after their 2-0 National League defeat at Watford.

Jay Sadler's side reached the last four with a 3-0 victory at Plymouth, courtesy of goals from Sophie Quirk, Tierney Scott and Ella Humphrey.

They had beated Crawley 4-1 in the first round, with Anisha Hill, Quirk and Jazz Younger finding the target on that occasion

And it was a header from Younger that then proved enough to see off Oxford in the next stage at Westleigh Park.

The Blues' last success came against Cheltenham a fortnight ago, with Ali Hall marking her full debut by opening the scoring and Quirk wrapping things up late on.

This is the first time Pompey have faced Nottingham Forest since 2015, which was also in the semi-finals of the League Cup.

Leeta Rutherford, Sarah Kempson and Ini Umotong were on target in a 3-2 triumph.

Forest currently sit top of the National League Northern Division standings, having collected 37 points from 15 games.

They progressed to this stage of the competition by beating Burnley 2-1 in January.

The game takes place at Eastwood FC's Halbrooke Stadium (NG16 3HB), with tickets available to buy at the turnstiles.

Captain Danielle Rowe said: "Having a break from league action gives us the perfect opportunity to bounce back after the Watford defeat.

"I’m really looking forward to the game. we’ve had a good, intense week of training and everyone is really excited.

"The prospect of reaching a national cup final provides extra motivation, but, we know we’re going to have to be at our best.

"Forest are top of the Northern Division so it’ll provide a tough test for us, but one that I’m confident we can overcome."

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