Raynbird hits out after Pompey Ladies defeat

Charley Wilson kept her nerve to convert Kirsty McGee's pass in the second half
Charley Wilson kept her nerve to convert Kirsty McGee's pass in the second half

Vanessa Raynbird launched a blistering attack at the match officials after watching her Pompey side lose at Watford.

The Blues’ ladies suffered a 2-1 defeat against the league leaders on Sunday.

It was a fighting performance which drew plenty of praise from Raynbird, with Pompey having fallen behind after just 70 seconds.

Instead, it was the referee and her two male assistants which drew her ire in the Premier League national division encounter.

Raynbird was left furious at the manner of Watford’s second goal just before half-time. And she is adamant the officiating cost her side at least a point.

Raynbird said: ‘It was actually a good spectacle, with action at both ends.

‘Watford scored within 70 seconds – then they scored just before half-time, and even their players and spectators were embarrassed by it.

‘It was such an obvious offside which was missed by a bloke on the line running five yards behind play.

‘You at least expect the assistant to be able to keep up with the game, but this chap was very overweight and couldn’t do that.

‘Their player was at least a yard-and-a-half offside – but he (the linesman) missed it.

‘One of their spectators at half-time actually told me the assistant had ruined the game with a dreadfully poor decision.

‘It wasn’t just us who thought it.

‘The first goal was quite close but the second was so obviously offside.

‘I struggle with things like that. I can put up with people making wrong decisions but not when they can’t get in line with the ball.

‘The referee was okay but not very confident. She was a young girl, a student, and wanted some help from these two men over-50 running the line.

‘But I was really pleased with our performance – we have turned it around since after Christmas. I don’t think second from bottom reflects that, unfortunately.’

Charley Wilson grabbed Pompey’s goal in the 57th minute, converting Kirsty McGee’s through ball with a left-foot finish.