Raynbird keen to boost player options

Pompey boss Vanessa Raynbird
Pompey boss Vanessa Raynbird
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VANESSA RAYNBIRD took stock of her side’s early-season form during a rare break in their schedule and admitted: We’ve already shown we’re no pushovers.

But a solid start to life in their new surroundings of the FA Women’s Premier League national division hasn’t got the Pompey Ladies’ boss resting on her laurels.

Always striving for more, Raynbird is still on the hunt for players whom she believes will boost the team’s pursuit of glory.

And she admitted she’s keen to step up that search even more following the conclusion of the 2012 Women’s Super League.

‘We’re always on the lookout,’ said Raynbird.

‘If there’s any good, quality players around who are available, then we’re certainly interested.

‘We were keen in bringing one in from Chelsea Ladies, following the finish of the Super League season.

‘You are allowed to play one Super League player per game during the window, but the move fell through, with the player living in London.

‘However, I have a good relationship with the Bristol Academy, who have some quality players, so I’ll maybe have a chat with their manager.

‘Hopefully, I can bring one in very soon.

‘Maybe not before the weekend trip to Cardiff but certainly by November.’

Raynbird handed her first-team players the weekend off after the ladies had no fixture.

They return to action this weekend, with the visit of Cardiff City to Moneyfields on Sunday.

The game will be Pompey’s seventh in the league this season – and one they’ll be desperate to win.

Their opening six games has seen them accumulate a creditable seven points, leaving them seventh in the table.

That leaves Pompey five points clear of bottom-placed Barnet – a position Raynbird is more than comfortable with following their promotion last term.

‘If I’d been asked at the start of the season whether I’d take seven points from our opening six games, I reckon I would have taken it,’ she said.

‘We’re not going to win every game in this league, but it wouldn’t have been an unrealistic target.

‘There are a few teams who are a tad better than us but we’re as good as most in this division and we’ve not embarrassed ourselves at any stage so far.

‘Yes, we got beat 7-2 by Charlton a couple of weeks ago but, as I said at the time, it wasn’t a scoreline that reflected the game.

‘They stuck their chances away, while we missed one or two of our own.

‘Other than that, all the games have been tight contests.

‘We’ve not been frightened by any team – and it’s our intention to stay in this league and pick up more points, starting with Cardiff at home on Sunday.’