Raynbird keen to recover from demoralising defeat

Kirsty McGee
Kirsty McGee

Pompey Ladies boss Vanessa Raynbird surveyed her side’s 7-2 defeat at the hands of Charlton Athletic and admitted: We didn’t deserve that.

The Blues suffered their third defeat in the Women’s Premier League national division as poor defending let them down on their travels.

The loss leaves them sixth in the table on six points – with Charlton two points adrift.

But Raynbird is determined to write the wrongs of the humbling scoreline and prove the result was a one-off.

‘We didn’t play poorly by any means, although we didn’t defend as well as we could and should have.’ said Raynbird.

‘It isn’t the best of scorelines but I don’t think it is a true reflection of the match.

‘We had a lot of the game but we didn’t have a lot of chances and we didn’t defend well enough.

‘They were very clinical in front of goal and they took their chances.

‘It is demoralising but we’ll recover. We’ll work hard in training and we’ll come back from this.’

Pompey started brightly but found themselves 2-0 down against the run of play when Gemma Bryan and Gemma Shepherd fired past the returning Roxy Roberts.

Charley Wilson halved the deficit just before half-time, before Charlton restored their two-goal lead after Bryan intercepted Jade Kirby’s mis-hit pass.

After the break, Pompey’s pressure was rewarded when Kirsty McGee finished off a move inspired by Shelly Cox and Leeta Rutherford.

The Blues were now in the ascendancy but paid the price as they went in search of an equaliser.

The Addicks added a fourth on the hour mark, before two quick-fire efforts took their goal tally to six.

McGee had the chance to add to her earlier strike from the penalty spot, but saw her effort saved by the home keeper.

And that left Charlton to wrap up the scoring, with impressive Bryan completing her hat-trick in the dying minutes.