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Chevannes pleased with Ladies first point

QPR LADIES manager Martino Chevannes was ‘ecstatic’ after a ‘gutsy’ performance from his side earned Rangers their first FA Women’s Premier League point of the season on Sunday.

They battled back from 1-0 down at Honeycroft against Portsmouth, who’d opened the scoring five minutes into the second half through Sarah Kempson.

Three minutes later, though, and Jenny Critchley evened up the game when she was on hand to follow up Alexandra Nord’s initial shot and guide the ball into the net.

“I’m ecstatic for the players” Chevannes told “They deserved it after the work rate that they put in.

“It was a dominant second half performance and, to be honest, we could have even gone on to win the game.”

After victory in the FAWPL Plate competition a week earlier, Rangers are now two games unbeaten and the manager hopes the mini run of positive results can continue.

“It was a big step in the right direction,” Chevannes explained. “Nobody wants to be on zero points after seven games so we need to use this and last week’s victory as a catalyst for the rest of the season.

“Portsmouth had a few FA Women’s Super League players in their ranks and we more than matched them; the neutral opinion must have been in our favour.”

With Rangers struggling for goals in the FAWPL this season, the FAWPL Plate competition is looking like a welcome relief for Chevannes’ side.

After a 4-2 victory over Lowestoft two weeks ago, it’s Actonians next up on the agenda at Uxbridge this weekend.

Chevannes added: “The FAWPL Plate win boosted the confidence and everything was taken on board. We stuck to our game plan and the results are starting to come.”

“As I keep stressing the league is our number one priority but the cup games give us another opportunity to try new things.

“But a win is a win and one would give us another huge confidence boost. Hopefully we’ll see some more goals and more Rangers fans heading to Uxbridge to support the girls.

“The only way is up!”

It was a big step in the right direction.

Martino Chevannes