Report | Southampton fightback in Chesham draw


Debutant Erin Bloomfield scored twice late on as Southampton Women's drew 2-2 with Chesham United in the FA Women's National League Divison One South West.


First-half goals from Gemma Fraser and Kat Bower gave the hosts a deserved lead at the break.


Southampton dominated much of the second-half against a banked up Chesham with Bloomfield striking twice to take home a point.


Three changes were made to the line-up from the defeat to AFC Basildon, new signing Bloomfield starting up top as Jane Yeates moved to the wing with Laura Vokes unavailable.


Gracie White was given the nod to start in defence while E-J May also returned to the starting-XI.


The early exchanges saw opportunities for the visitors trying to set Bloomfield on the attack but the Chesham defence held leaving Nicole Spittle untested.


Emily Wernham forced a good save from Spittle, a controlled shot from the edge of the box.


Opportunities to attack continued to present themselves; Tash Angel had the beat of the Chesham defence but couldn't find the feet of Bloomfield before White made an excellent challenge to deny Fraser a look at goal.


Despite some early half-chances for Southampton, it was the hosts who took their chance in the 15th minute.


A move that started from the back, Chesham quickly attacked with Fraser into the box before she turned setting for Bower to strike first time floating the ball into the net.


The opportunities were there for Southampton, Yeates and Bloomfield linking well with the young striker beating two defenders before crossing but no one connected with the cross.


24 played and Rose Kite made an excellent block as Fraser went one-on-one with her, the ball deflected out and the striker could only hit the post on the second attempt.


Fraser did get her goal in 29th minute using her pace to take the ball around Kite halfway inside the box before neatly tucking the ball away.


There were a few shots towards goal by Yeates either claimed by Spittle or just going over.


A disappointing first-half from Southampton as the hosts took their chances and it Chesham nearly increased their advantage right after the restart.


Once again the striker raced on through towards Kite's goal, given time on the ball but she struck the ball low and wide unable to make it three.


With the visitors needing a way back into the game they started to increase their intensity and almost had a goal through a set-piece.


A Lauren Cheshire corner fell deep into the box where Áine McKeever's header was on target but superbly cleared off the line.


White was having a good game for the visitors looking comfortable on the ball and working hard to track back each time Chesham played a long ball for Fraser.


Tactics seem to change for the two sides with Southampton looking more settled in the game while Chesham went more defensive.


May had a good chance nearing the hour mark, a sweetly struck free-kick that just couldn't quite dip under the crossbar.


Southampton were creating but they weren't hitting the target as the home fans grew anxious as Chesham opted to sit back.


Chesham while more defensive always had the threat of the counter with the pace of Fraser but she was more often blocked by Kellie Warren or White.


With the game edging towards full-time, the hosts should have put the game to bed in the 77th minute.


Fraser and Bowers, the two biggest threats, had a shot blocked by Kite before the rebound struck the post.


That missed opportunity would be rued by the hosts as finally Southampton found a way back in.


80 played, step up Bloomfield.


A wonderful effort as the 17-year-old latched onto a Yeates pass to turn three defenders before smashing in her first goal.


2-1 with 10 plus stoppage to go, could they do it?


Five minutes later and it looked possible; Cheshire deep inside the Chesham box cut the ball back for Bloomfield to smash the ball in to equalise.


Southampton almost found a winner, Yeates' effort claimed by Spittle before Angel headed over with the last chance of the game.


The final whistle came leaving it all square, it was a good comeback for Aaron Smith's side keeps them unbeaten on the road.


Full-time: Chesham United 2 Southampton 2


Up next Southampton return to cup action with the visit of AFC Bournemouth in the Women's FA Cup Third Qualifying Round.


Kick-off is 2:00pm on Sunday, October 27th at Romsey Town FC with entry £4 for adults, £2 for concessions and all accompanied under-16s get in for free.

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