Southampton FC Women were held for the first time this season in the FA Women’s National League as they drew 0-0 with Southampton Women’s FC at AFC Totton on Wednesday night.
Despite dominating large periods and creating a number of second-half opportunities, Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s side were forced to settle for a point.
Vinnie Nkomo had an early chance for the visitors inside a minute, but it didn’t take long for Saints to grow into the contest in front a packed crowd of over 500.
Their first chance of the night came through Rachel Panting, who saw her effort take a wicked deflection off Hannah Samuels and almost wrongfoot the goalkeeper Rose Kite.
In an end-to-end contest, the deadlock was almost prised open on 22 minutes, when Jane Yeates benefited from good hold-up play by Phillipa Holden, forcing a fine save from Rendell in the Saints goal.
Moments later, Saints almost seized the initiative themselves when a cut-back from the right found Ella Morris, whose right-footed effort was turned behind by Kite.
Morris’s pace from the wing-back position was causing all sorts of problems and the next chance was all of her own making.
Picking up the ball on the right, she knocked the ball past her opposite number before bursting into the box and sending a teasing ball across the face of goal, that evaded Pusey.
After an entertaining first-half, Spacey-Cale made a change at the break to introduce Shannon Albuery into the action in place of Panting.
Just before the hour mark, Albuery was in the thick of the action. Kayla Rendell's long ball over the top found her run in behind, but as she looked to round the onrushing 'keeper, and was seemingly upended, she received a yellow card for simulation.
Pusey's persistence created the next opportunity though, as the hosts stepped up the tempo, and her run down the right saw her brush aside Kellie Warren before seeing her cross cleared out for a corner.
The introduction of Phoebe Williams was having a big influence on the flow of the game. With 20 minutes left, Pusey was involved again when she showed wonderful close control to take down a cross inside the area, only to be thwarted at close quarters by a fine save.
The forward continued to probe and went agonisingly close to sealing all three points when she collected a left-wing cross before seeing her shot from the angle crash off the post.