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Plymouth 1 Pompey Women 3

Blues win in Devon

15 October 2023

Women

Plymouth 1 Pompey Women 3

Blues win in Devon

15 October 2023

Pompey Women climbed up to second spot in the National League standings with a 3-1 victory at Plymouth.

Beth Lumsden opened the scoring during a dominant first half display, only for Charlotte Whitmore to level just after the break.

But Lumsden struck again to restore the advantage and Sophie Quirk ensured the points would be heading back to Hampshire.

Jay Sadler made three changes from the side that thrashed Billericay on home soil the previous week, with Evie Gane, Dani Lane and Georgie Freeland all handed starts,

The visitors almost went ahead inside the opening minute, but Lumsden saw her effort hacked from the line.

And the same player then fired over the bar following some good build-up play from Ava Rowbotham and Nicole Barrett.

Freeland was next to try her luck and she fired into the side netting after the ball had deflected into the forward’s path.

But the pressure paid off on 16 minutes, as LUMSDEN beat one defender before firing in a low shot that clipped the post on its way into the net.

The Blues continued to dominate and Freeland sent in a cross from the right that was nodded over the bar by Lane.

Lane was then unable to keep her close-range attempt down after being found by a brilliant lofted Freeland pass.

And Quirk’s shot was narrowly off target just before the interval, as Argyle welcomed the chance to regroup.

Half Time: Plymouth 0 Pompey 1

The break did the home side the world of good and Becky Dandridge forced a regulation save from Hannah Haughton straight from the restart.

And they were level on 55 minutes, when Whitmore took advantage of some hesitant defending to collect Dandridge’s pass and slot the ball into the bottom corner.

The Blues used that setback to move through the gears again and Quirk’s centre was somehow missed by everyone in the box, while Jasmine Read then kept out Riva Casley’s header.

But they soon reclaimed their advantage, courtesy of a rifled finish from LUMSDEN after a corner had been cleared into her path.

She almost completed a hat-trick just past the hour mark, as an acrobatic volley was well saved by Read.

Pompey were looking to wrap things up and Rowbotham’s effort trickled narrowly wide before Read again denied Lumsden.

And they were able to relax slightly on 78 minutes, when QUIRK was on hand to tap home after an Emma Jones header had been parried away.

But there was one sour note late on, with Lumsden landing awkwardly and being forced from the pitch.

Pompey: Haughton (c); Barrett (Wild 88), Younger, Casley, Gane (Collins 60); Hall, Rowbotham, Lane (Humphrey 82); Freeland (Jones 60), Lumsden (Pitman 88), Quirk


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