Photo Diary: AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Exeter City

action during the FA Women’s National League Division One South West game between AFC Bournemouth Women and Exeter City Women on Sun 19th February 2023 at Long Lane, Ringwood, Hampshire. Photo: Ian Middlebrook

Exeter City’s promotion hopes were dented on Sunday when they suffered a first league defeat since September – south coast rivals AFC Bournemouth ending their run of eight straight wins in the FA Women’s National League Division 1 South West. Exeter still lead the table, but Cardiff City are now just a point behind with a game in hand.

Chances were limited in a hard fought game, with no goals scored in the first 45 minutes. It was Pearl Mortimer who broke the deadlock, putting Bournemouth ahead on 51 minutes, but Exeter responded within 7 minutes – Emily Toogood reacting quickly to a loose ball in the penalty area to slam home the equaliser. With both teams looking for a winner, the game opened up, and a driving run from Beth Everson in the 89th minute split the Exeter defence. She fed a perfect ball through to Molly Gladwell who sealed the victory with her first goal for the club.

We were fortunate to have Ian Middlebrook on hand to capture the action.

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