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Report: Arsenal Women 1-1 Bristol City Women

Bristol City Women secured a well-earned point at Meadow Park this afternoon, after they held Arsenal to a 1-1 draw.

Lauren Hemp's sensational first-half strike gave City Women the lead after the half an hour mark.

Despite coming under heavy pressure for much of the first-half, the Vixens fought spiritedly and took the lead when 17-year-old Hemp unleashed a venomous strike from the edge of the box.

City Women have only beaten Arsenal once before – back in May 2014 – and they were denied three points when Danielle van de Donk scored from close range just after half-time.

The game was frantic from the off, with both sides creating chances and City Women dictated much of the early play with chances for Carla Humphrey and Hemp.

Arsenal went close on 18 minutes when Jordan Nobbs rattled the crossbar, with Sophie Baggaley brilliantly tipping the thunderous shot on to the bar.

Jemma Rose, Danielle Carter and Nobbs again all went close for Arsenal in the first-half, yet it was the Vixens who had the lead at the break.

It took just six second-half minutes for Arsenal to get back on level terms, with Van de Donk thrashing in from a tight angle.

Arsenal almost took the lead on the hour mark when Julie Biesmans inadvertently deflected Nobbs' free-kick against her own crossbar.

The Vixens looked a threat every time they advanced and Flo Allen forced a fine save from Van Veenendaal when she slid in to meet Loren Dykes' cross from the left on 65 minutes

Chloe Arthur almost won the game for the Vixens with 20 minutes to go, her long range effort struck the crossbar.

Carla Humphrey commented: “In the first half, we flew out the traps and put pressure on them. I think we fully deserved our goal. In the second half, we were up against it, but it was a well-deserved result for us, and we're really happy with the point.

“The message at half-time was keep going and don't get complacent.

“Last week we went in at half-time 1-0 up and then the second half wasn't good enough, so the message was keep doing what you're doing. As a team we were proud of ourselves and determined for the hard work to continue in the second half.

“The building blocks have been set with the win last week and a good point away at Arsenal, so we need to continue this.

“It was strange to be back [at Arsenal]. Normally I'd be in the home changing room, but I was excited for the challenge and we got a good result.”

Photo Credit: Arsenal WFC

City Women: Baggaley; Turner, Brown, Kerkdijk; Allen, Arthur, Humphrey (Fergusson 85), Biesmans, Dykes; Estcourt, Hemp. Subs not used: van de Putte, Woodham, P.Wilson, E.Wilson

 

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