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Pompey Women 7 Billericay 0

Another big win for Blues

8 October 2023

Pompey Women

Pompey Women 7 Billericay 0

Another big win for Blues

8 October 2023

Pompey Women maintained their fine run of free-scoring form with a 7-0 National League victory over Billericay.

Beth Lumsden and Nicole Barrett both bagged a brace at Westleigh Park, while Ali Hall, Sophie Quirk and Ava Rowbotham completed the rout.

Jay Sadler made four changes from the side that also hit seven goals past Moneyfields in the League Cup the previous week.

Barrett, Lumsden, Leeta Rutherford and Emma Jones were all restored to the starting line-up, as Evie Gane, Emily Pitman, Dani Lane and Georgie Freeland dropped to the bench.

The hosts looked to get on the front foot right from the start and the only surprise was that it took 11 minutes for the deadlock to be broken.

Jones stole possession wide on the left and sent in a cross that was converted on the half-volley by LUMSDEN.

The lead was doubled moments later and Jones was involved once more after winning the ball back in the middle of the pitch.

She laid it off to Quirk, who surged half the length of the pitch before drilling in a pass for HALL to poke home.

No sooner had the celebrations died down than the rampant hosts strengthened their advantage further.

QUIRK followed up to tap into the net after Rowbotham’s effort had been tipped against the post by Katie O’Hanlon.

Pompey were not prepared to take their foot off the accelerator and a fourth goal arrived on 29 minutes.

It was a second of the afternoon for LUMSDEN, who collected Jones’ cross-field ball, cut inside from the right and powerfully drilled home.

Quirk then thought she should have been awarded a penalty after appearing to be fouled inside the area, but the referee ignored her appeals.

There was still time for the Blues to strike again just before the break, though, courtesy of a stunning 35-yard free-kick from BARRETT that arrowed into the top corner.

Half Time: Pompey 5 Billericay 0

The second half was, unsurprisingly, not quite so eventful, with the home side having effectively already secured all three points.

But they were dealt a blow when Rutherford was forced off with an injury, to be replaced by leading scorer Lane.

It was BARRETT who grabbed the sixth goal on the hour mark, however, volleying the ball into the net when Quirk lifted it towards the back post.

Quirk then provided another assist a couple of minutes later, cutting a pass back for ROWBOTHAM to fire home from the edge of the box.

Sadler turned to his bench to add some fresh legs for the closing stages, including replacing the entire forward line.

Billericay were suddenly able to apply some late pressure and Soraya Walsh diverted an Otesha Charles cross over the bar.

But they were unable to test Hannah Haughton between the sticks and it was the Blues who had the final say.

Freeland sent a deep delivery into the box towards fellow substitute Pitman, whose header flew inches past the post.

Pompey: Haughton (c); Barrett, Younger (Gane 66), Casley, Collins; Rowbotham, Rutherford (Lane 56), Hall; Lumsden (Pitman 75), Jones (Humphrey 75), Quirk (Freeland 75)

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