Pompey run riot at Furze Lane
Pompey Ladies returned to form with a 6-2 thumping of West Ham in their penultimate match of the season.
The Furze Lane result means the Blues can still secure a third-placed finish in the Premier League Southern Division.
Sarah Kempson opened the scoring from the penalty spot early on after Gemma Hillier had been tripped in the area.
Lucy Quinn then added a brace, first converting Kempson’s cross before firing home a fantastic free-kick.
There was still time for more goals before the break as Hillier teed-up Nadine Bazan for Pompey’s fourth before getting on the scoresheet herself.
Gemma Simmonds then added a sixth after the interval courtesy of an exquisite chip over the Hammers keeper.
Sarah McCrea struck twice late on to salvage some pride for the Hammers, but that failed to take the shine off a superb performance from the hosts.
Joint Blues boss Perry Northeast said: “It was a bit of a turnaround in fortunes from the Coventry game the previous week.
“We were 5-0 up at the break and scored some superb goals – from some great team play.
“Nadine had been threatening to score for weeks, but was in that much shock I don’t think she knew how to celebrate!
“We did take our foot off the gas a bit towards the end, so there’s a lesson to be learned there, but overall we were fantastic.”
Pompey: Blakely; Frampton (Russell), Saunders, Schumann-Edwards, Bazan; Clark, Kempson (Bloomfield), Simmonds, Greene (Moulton); Quinn, Hillier (c)
Photo: Jordan Hampton