Keynsham Town Ladies vs Portsmouth Women Match Preview

After the frustration of having their games postponed last weekend, both teams will look to bounce back from recent defeats when they meet on Sunday in the FAWNL Southern Premier Division.

Keynsham welcome Pompey to Somerset

Keynsham began the season in unusual fashion, unable to field a team their scheduled opening day fixture against Oxford United was postponed just days before the match was due to take place.

They eventually kicked off their season a week later, coming from behind to beat Division One South West side Buckland Athletic in the FAWNL Cup but have since suffered narrow losses against MK Dons, Cardiff, Crawley Wasps, and a heavy 6-1 defeat at the hands of early title contenders, Plymouth.

Further questions were also raised when Keynsham forfeited their scheduled cup game against Chesham United, opting to withdraw from the competition instead of completing the fixture.

With just two league goals to their credit so far this season, Fabiana Alborghetti and Justine Lorton the scorers, the departure of record goalscorer Kerry Bartlett is already proving to be a huge loss for the Somerset side.

Keynsham currently occupy 12th place at the foot of the Southern Premier Division. But despite their league position, The K’s can take some comfort in knowing two of those losses have come against two of the top three teams in the division, have games in hand and a much better goal difference than teams around them.

Portsmouth on the road

Portsmouth are on the road for the first time this season as they embark on a considerable 240-mile round trip to face Keynsham this Sunday.

Having only managed to play three league and two cup games, it has been a season of scheduling frustration so far for Portsmouth.

Kicking off the season with a loss, Pompey responded well by winning three on the bounce, first quickly avenging their opening day defeat against Watford, followed by an emphatic 8-0 win against Hounslow and an extra time cup victory against Southern Premier rivals, Gillingham.

Last time out they welcomed a very strong Oxford United side to the south coast. The U’s proved to be too much for The Hampshire side who were outmuscled and outclassed on the day, with Jay Sadler admitting as much during a post match interview.

“We simply weren’t good enough all over the pitch. Individually and collectively. I felt there were large moments of the game where we were outmuscled.”

Jay Sadler, Portsmouth manager.

One postive that can be taken from the game against Oxford was 16-year-old Mia Adaway scoring her first senior goal.

In terms of selection, Portsmouth have to manage without ‘keeper Hannah Haughton and Katie James who were both selected for the inaugural World Beach Soccer Games in Doha, Qatar.

Tamsin de Bunsen, Becki Bath and Charmaine True are joint top scorers, each finding the net three times.

How things stand

Portsmouth Women vs Oxford United Women Match Preview

Pompey look to make it four on the bounce.

Pompey go into the game in good form having not lost since the opening day of the season.

Since then they have beaten Watford, Hounslow and Gillingham scoring 13 goals in the process.

Pompey have no long term injury concerns going into the match and manager Jay Sadler has a competitive squad to pick from. Competition for places has been intense and all eyes will be on social media as the fans wait to see what his starting 11 will be.

Goals have come throughout the team this year but Tamsin de Bunsen, Becki Bath and Charmaine True currently lead the scoring charts with 3 each.

Pompey will not underestimate Oxford though and it’s expected to be hard fought game at the PMC. The sides shared two very close games last season but Oxford came out on top on both occasions.

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The U’s head south.

Oxford United head to the south coast to face Portsmouth in what will be only their third competitive game of the season.

After a delayed start to the season, Oxford kicked things off against Crawley Wasps in the FAWNL Cup. It was a hard fought contest between two sides likely to be pushing for the top places in the table come next May, with Crawley coming out on top thanks to a late Naomi Cole goal.

The following game saw manager Liam Gilbert ring several changes with Allen, Sims, Watson, McLachlan, and Williams all coming into the starting eleven. The result was a dominant display that saw the U’s comfortably dispatch of a young Chichester side.

While the players and management have dealt with the frustration of the stop-start-stop nature of the season very privately, it inevitably exists. How could it not? Players want to play, and the management will know there’s no way to replicate the benefits of competitive matches; it puts Oxford at a disadvantage in that regard, so it’ll be interesting to see whether it’s a factor on Sunday.

There are no new injury concerns that we’re aware of, while Evie Gane continues to near full fitness.

Last time out.

After multiple postponements both home and away games took place within weeks of one another, and on both occasions they were close, hard fought matches with goals from Timms and Allen earning the U’s all six points.

How things stand.