Raynbird fuming after league snub

Charley Wilson scored in the 2-1 win against Barnet
Charley Wilson scored in the 2-1 win against Barnet

Vanessa Raynbird is demanding answers from the FA after being ignored for a place in the Women’s Super League.

Pompey have been passed over for a spot in the new-look two-tier elite set-up at the top of the women’s game.

That’s arrived as a huge blow for the Blues, with the indications they would be included in the revamped top divisions.

To make matters worse, there will be no promotion into the league – effectively making it a closed shop for the top sides.

The outcome has angered the ladies’ boss, who is looking for an explanation from the game’s bosses.

‘We were disappointed,’ said Raynbird.

‘We need to get answers from the FA. We thought we met all the criteria required

‘Now we go into the southern division as there will be no national division. Just a southern and a northern.

‘We have made good links and made lots of good progress during the process of the bid in the past few months – and to throw that all to waste would be criminal.’

Meanwhile, Raynbird’s side got back to winning ways after their defeat at Aston Villa – against Barnet.

They picked up a deserved 2-1 victory with a dominant performance.

Pompey controlled possession in the game, with Charley Wilson and Leeta Rutherford getting the goals.

Raynbird said: ‘It was a great performance. We bounced back from Villa and did all the right things.

‘It was a magnificent performance. The girls approached the game in the right manner.

‘We played some fantastic one and two-touch football.

‘We must have had 75 or 80-per-cent possession.

‘The 2-1 scoreline was a bit close for comfort, though.

‘Barnet did have a couple of chances. They had a good spell in the second half but only for five to 10 minutes. Other than that they couldn’t settle on it.

‘The pressure was off both teams, really, with Barnet getting a Super League place and us not getting one. But we want to finish as high up the division as we can.’