Pompey shot down by Leeds

Jemma Tewkesbury
Jemma Tewkesbury
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Vanessa Raynbird bemoaned a lack of fire-power as Pompey Ladies crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Leeds United.

High-flying Leeds deservedly claimed the points at Throstle Nest.

Defeat leaves eighth-placed Pompey just one point above the drop and facing a battle for national division survival.

Raynbird said: ‘We didn’t really look threatening and I don’t think their keeper had a save to make.

‘We didn’t see much of the ball in the final third and, at times, perhaps our decision making lets us down.

‘We need to move the ball quicker and that’s something we’ll work on.’

Pompey, who are now winless in their past five league outings, were unable to impose themselves upon a game which the hosts dominated from the first whistle.

Second-placed Leeds, who are bidding to earn promotion to the Super League this season, took the lead on the half-hour mark through a superb long-range strike from Rachel Lee.

The goal seemed to galvanise a previously lacklustre Pompey side.

Jemma Tewkesbury registered the visitors’ first attempt on goal with a fierce strike that swung just over the bar.

Encouraged by that opportunity, the Blues poured forward in numbers.

They were almost rewarded for their attacking endeavour when Kirsty McGee’s goal-bound effort was well-blocked by a Whites defender.

But those two forays would be the closest Pompey would come to troubling the hosts.

Order was swiftly restored in the second half as Leeds doubled their advantage through Jess Holbrook’s clinical strike.

Carey Huegett then put the gloss on a comfortable victory, leaving Pompey to lick their wounds on the long trip home from Yorkshire.

The Blues will now look to bounce back to winning ways on Sunday when they travel to Premier League rivals Cardiff City in the League Cup.

Pompey’s next FA Women’s Premier League game is away at fourth-placed Watford on November 11.