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Pompey Women U23s: September Update

Blues begin new season

28 September 2023

Pompey Women's under-23 side have enjoyed a successful start to their National League campaign, with victories over Cheltenham and Keynsham.

They did, however, exit the League Cup after a penalty shoot-out defeat to Oxford.

Molly Small's side began the season with a trip to newcomers Cheltenham at the beginning of the month.

April Hill struck twice, while Maisie Aldridge and Sarah Butterworth were also on target to give the Blues a four-goal advantage at the break.

Butterworth completed a brace before Hill took her tally to four for the afternoon, securing a 7-1 victory in Gloucestershire.

Attention then switched to the cup, as the Blues welcomed Oxford to Westleigh Park.

Aldridge netted her second in as many games to cancel out Holly Sellwood's effort, taking the tie to a shoot-out.

But a place in the National League Plate competition was confirmed for the Blues after they narrowly lost on penalties.

Molly Small's side returned to league action in PO9 for the visit of Keynsham the following week.

Pompey's development outfit were handed a boost in selection with the inclusion of Tierney Scott, Jess Smith, Ella Humphrey and Izzy Collins from the first team.

Humphrey hit a hat-trick and Scott bagged a brace, while Smith and Butterworth were also on the scoresheet to round off a 7-0 victory.

Pompey's under-23s are next in action on Sunday, October 1 as they take on MK Dons in the National League Plate at Fairfields Sports Hub.

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