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Kenni Thompson on target to keep Bournemouth’s title bid on track

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Kenni Thompson in action for Bournemouth (File photograph courtesy of Bournemouth)

Kenni Thompson bagged her seventh goal of the season to help keep Bournemouth’s promotion hopes alive in a 2-1 win away to National League Division One South rivals Moneyfields Ladies.

The Bermudian winger opened the scoring at Oaklands Park in the tenth minute before midfielder Molly Barron-Clark, who provided the assist for Thompson’s goal, grabbed what proved to be the winner midway through the first half during last Thursday night’s contest.

Kau’inohea Taylor equalised for the hosts before Barron-Clark put the visitors back in front for good.

Bournemouth trail leaders Exeter City by two points ahead of the season finale between the rivals at Exwick Community Hub next Sunday that will ultimately decide the title race and the sole promotion spot to the Southern Premier Division, the third tier of the women’s pyramids.

The two sides battled to a 1-1 stalemate in the first league meeting between them at Canotec Stadium in February, with the 23-year-old Thompson also on target for the hosts on that occasion to earn them a share of the spoils.

Meanwhile, Thompson’s compatriot LeiLanni Nesbeth made her second appearance for Chicago Red Stars in a 2-0 loss at home to National Women’s Soccer League rivals Portland Thorns at SeatGeek Stadium on Saturday.

LeiLanni Nesbeth (File photograph courtesy of Chicago Red Stars, March 7, 2024)

Nesbeth came off the bench in the 57th minute as a replacement for fellow midfielderJulia Bianchi.

Forward Sophia Smith scored twice for the visitors, breaking the deadlock in the tenth minute before adding a second sixteen minutes later.

Nesbeth was recruited by the Chicago Red Stars at the 2024 National Women’s Soccer League Draft in January and made her club debut as a late substitute in her team’s 2-1 win over Seattle Reign in March.

Elsewhere at the weekend, Reggie Lambe came off the bench in the 76th minute to help Braintree Town edge hosts Chelmsford City 3-2 in extra time in a thrilling Vanarama National League South play-off semi-final at Melbourne Stadium on Saturday.

Reggie Lambe (File photograph)

The visitors led 2-0 through goals from defender Leon Davis and forward Freddie Sears but were pegged back late when winger Jermaine Francis sliced their two-goal advantage in half in the 90th minute and forward George Alexander equalised in the third minute of added time to send the match to extra time.

However, Braintree would not be denied as substitute midfielder Jayden Davis, on loan from English Football League Two side Crawley Town, came off the bench to grab the winner in the 98th minute.

Lambe and his fellow team-mates will now face Worthing in the Vanarama National League South play-off final at Sussex Transport Community Stadium on May 6.

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Published April 28, 2024 at 7:39 pm (Updated April 28, 2024 at 7:39 pm)

Kenni Thompson on target to keep Bournemouth’s title bid on track

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