Pompey Ladies dig in to earn their Spurs

Tiff Taylor forced the equaliser for Pompey Ladies with a good driving run and cross Picture: Jordan Hampton
Tiff Taylor forced the equaliser for Pompey Ladies with a good driving run and cross Picture: Jordan Hampton
Conor Chaplin could start againsyt Plymouth. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey v Plymouth: pre-match talking points

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Pompey Ladies had to dig in to scrape a 1-1 draw with a battling Spurs outfit on Sunday.

Perry Northeast’s side went behind in the first half.

But they managed to claw their way back level late in the second period, thanks to an own goal, after some good approach work from Tiff Taylor.

However, it was far from a vintage display from Pompey, who also had Leeta Rutherford sent off in the closing stages, as they saw their six-match winning run ended.

Manager Northeast felt none of his players hit the highs of recent performances.

He was also disappointed the team did not gel together and play well as a unit.

But the positive thing was they did not come away with a defeat.

Northeast said: ‘It was a challenge.

‘We started brightly for 15 minutes but I have used the analogy that we had too many players on a six or a seven out of 10 and nobody on an eight or a nine, like they have been in recent weeks.

‘Our play was also quite individualistic. Spurs thrived on that and we scraped a draw.

‘I think we were good value for the point but didn’t deserve any more than that.

‘Spurs had lost their past two games, conceding six goals and scoring none in the process.

‘It’s not very often in this league a team loses three in a row.

‘They had a point to prove as a team.

‘Spurs were strong at the back and quite dangerous going forward.

‘But we came away from a bad performance and got a positive result out of it.’

Pompey midfielder Molly Clark had the best early chance when unmarked, but she shot over the top.

Lucy Quinn then surged forward, only to see her effort saved by Spurs keeper Toni Ann-Wayne.

On 33 minutes, Spurs grabbed a goal that had been coming.

Lucin Padilla beat two Pompey players before slotting the ball home.

Voices were raised at half-time as the frustration emerged, and Pompey came out for the second half determined not to be beaten.

They got their equaliser when Taylor got forward from full-back and delivered a dangerous cross that was bundled into her net by Katie O’Leary, under pressure from Quinn.

Both teams tried desperately to find a winner.

But Pompey’s Rutherford was sent off for a second bookable offence in the closing seconds of the contest and both teams had to settle for a point.

Pompey are next in action away at Lewes tomorrow night (7.45pm).

Northeast’s side won the home fixture 2-0 on September 3 and will be aiming to do the double.