Pompey hit five at Hayling
Pompey Ladies returned to form in stunning fashion as they thrashed Lewes 5-1 at Hayling United.
The most difficult test for the hosts was the weather, with heavy rain threatening to see the match postponed.
But thankfully it went ahead and Charley Wilson met Sarah Kempson’s cross to powerfully head home the opener.
It was not all one-way traffic, however, and Sadie Blakely made a fine save to preserve Pompey’s lead.
But the Blues were soon back on the attack and Wilson turned provider, teeing-up Leeta Rutherford to double the advantage.
Kempson then added her name to scoresheet, courtesy of a fine low drive from outside the box.
And there was still time for a fourth goal just before the interval, with Wilson neatly finishing following Lucy Quinn’s impressive solo run and cross.
Lewes looked stronger after the interval and reduced the deficit before creating a few more opportunities.
But it was Pompey who had the final say late on, as Kempson found the top corner with a superb strike from 25 yards.
Joint Blues boss Perry Northeast said: “That result has been a long time coming and I was really impressed with our performance.
“Despite what you might think from looking at the scoreline, we also had to defend well and our back four and goalkeeper deserve a lot of credit.
“I’ve been saying for weeks now that we have players capable of scoring – and everything just seemed to click for us.
“I just wish we could have shared a few of those goals out with some of our other games this season.
“The key for us now is consistency and we have to work hard to make sure the result wasn’t just a fluke.”
Pompey: Blakely; Simmonds, Hunt, Murphy, Bazan; Kempson, Summerfield, Rutherford (Taylor), Quinn (Frampton); Hillier (c) (Crabb), Wilson
Subs not used: Cox, Bloomfield
Photos: Jordan Hampton & Michael Hulf