‘Pompey should have crucified Charlton’

Charley Wilson was unable to sink Charlton
Charley Wilson was unable to sink Charlton
Nathan Thompson. Picture: Sarah Standing

Pompey looking for history to repeat in cup

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TWO POINTS slipped away as Pompey Ladies were unable to turn dominance into goals against Charlton.

The 0-0 draw was a disappointing outcome for manager Vanessa Raynbird.

Her side created several good chances but endured an off day in front of goal.

The draw leaves Pompey second from bottom in the FA Women’s Premier League national division.

There is no pressure to avoid the drop, with the restructuring of the women’s game next season meaning the national division will be scrapped.

But Raynbird is determined to see her side climb the table all the same.

She was encouraged by the performance against Charlton on Sunday, even though the win eluded Pompey at Winchester.

‘We should have crucified them,’ said Raynbird.

‘It was two points dropped, in my opinion.

‘We had enough possession and had chance after chance after chance.

‘Really, we had so much of the ball it was almost embarrassing we didn’t score.

‘Our attitude was second to none and it was really pleasing that we dominated the game from start to finish.

‘The work-rate and effort was spot on.’

The best chances fell to the normally-cool finishers of Leeta Rutherford, Jemma Tewkesbury and Charley Wilson.

Rutherford smacked a shot over the bar from 10 yards out on 75 minutes.

Tewkesbury – on as a sub – turned the ball wide with her first touch after great wing play from Gemma Hillier.

An injury to the former Yeovil striker then meant she had to be replaced.

Lucy Quinn came on and teed up Wilson who headed over the top.

Raynbird said: ‘Jemma Tewkesbury had the best chance but it was her first touch after coming on for the injured Lindsey Roe and she put it wide.

‘She then got clattered up in the air with her second touch and had to come off.

‘Leeta went for power when she needed to place it and I couldn’t believe it when the ball flew over the bar.

‘We put Lucy Quinn on for Jemma and she jinked past three players and put in a great ball but Charley headed over from six yards.’

Fortunately, Pompey were not caught with a sucker punch.

Charlton – who had a player sent off with 10 minutes to go – hadn’t threatened until the closing stages.

Midfield talent Kim Dixon burst clear of the Pompey defence but shot wide with only Sadie Blakely to beat.

Raynbird added: ‘It’s always in the back of your mind that if you don’t score, they are going to go up the other end and sneak one.

‘That would have been a travesty.’