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REPORT | Lewry on target as Chi lose on the road

By Hayley Newman

The Green Army slip to a first defeat against local rivals

Chichester City fell to a 3-1 loss against Portsmouth in the FA Women's National League on Wednesday night.

Free-kicks from Katie James and Jade Bradley put the Blues ahead but Jess Lewry hit back quickly capitalising on a defensive error.

Chi had two penalties in the second-half but both were saved by Hannah Haughton and Rachel Panting fire home in injury-time to seal the win.

There was only one change to the starting line up from the previous outing as Sara Tubby started plus Gemma White and Gracie White were called up from the Development Squad.

The encounter started quickly with both sides eager to attack, Lauren Clark dragged a shot wide while Lauren Dolbear tipped a Shannon Albuery effort out for a corner.

With just 11 minutes on the clock, Katie James opened the scoring when Pompey were awarded a free-kick outside the box and directly in front of goal.

James struck her set piece well aiming low and curling the ball neatly around the wall and just getting the better of Dolbear.

Albuery was denied again by Dolbear and Haughton came out strong to punch clear a Molly Clark corner.

Pompey were awarded another free-kick this time just right of the goal with Jade Bradley ready to take.

The former Queens Park Rangers player struck well and smashed the ball into the top corner to double the lead.

Chi hit back straight away through Lewry, her fourth goal in as many games.

She reacted quickest as Haughton played out from the back, Lewry's initial shot was blocked by the goalkeeper but the ball hit the defender and fell back for the winger to tap in.

The game's intensity remained high and constant as the two sides headed to half-time.

M.Clark had her corner cleared by Haughton as it loomed towards goal and Gemma Simmonds was denied on the rebound by her own teammate.

The second-half started just as the first ended, Lewry hit the crossbar from 30-yards out while up the other end Dolbear was quick to parry a fierce Jade Widdows effort.

Pompey also struck the woodwork from a James corner while M.Clark's 40-yard shot was tipped over the bar by Haughton.

With just over 10 minutes to go the drama was far from over as Lewry was pushed inside the box by her former teammate Alexandre Collighan giving the referee no choice but to point to the spot.

Having score three penalties so far this season, including one for Sussex, Lewry stepped up. She went left and low but Haughton guessed correctly to block the spot-kick.

Four minutes later and Lewry was brought down again inside the Pompey box.

The winger stepped up to take the second penalty of the match this time going for the bottom right-hand corner and Haughton guessed correctly again to keep her side ahead.

Time ticked away but there was time for one more goal and it went to the hosts.

Panting a constant threat for Pompey was found with time and space for a powerful shot at the Chichester goal her effort smashing in off the underside of the crossbar.

Full-time and a first defeat against the Blues for Chi in all competitions.

Up next Chichester City head to league leaders Coventry United in the FA Women's National League on Sunday, March 31st.

Starting XI: Lauren Dolbear, Lauren Cheshire (C), Tiff Taylor, Tammy Waine, Nadine Bazan (Sharna Capel-Watson 46'), Molly Clark, Lauren Clark, Gemma Simmonds, Jess Lewry, Tash Stephens (Kim Stenning 78'), Sara Tubby (Helen Ogle 58').

Unused subs: Gemma White, Gracie White.

Updated 21:46 - 29 Mar 2019 by Hayley Newman

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