Pompey see off Tottenham
Pompey Ladies’ recent resurgence continued with a 3-2 victory over Tottenham at Furze Lane.
It was their second Premier League Southern Division victory over the Londoners in the space of just three weeks.
Ini Umotong and Molly Clark both went close as the Blues tried to hit their opponents early on.
But it was Spurs who broke the deadlock on 18 minutes when a free-kick looped over Courtney Trodd and into the net.
Ini Umotong levelled with her 20th goal of the season before the break, although the messy finish will not be up there with her favourites.
Then, after a period of Pompey pressure, Lucy Quinn fired the hosts ahead with a fine strike late in the contest.
There was still time for them to extend their advantage further, although Sarah Kempson’s strike took a wicked deflection to deceive goalkeeper Chloe Morgan.
That was enough to secure victory, but Tottenham did grab a stoppage-time consolation when a corner flew straight into the net.
Blues boss Perry Northeast said: “It was a tough game. Spurs came at us in the first half and wanted the win as much as we did.
“Credit must go to their players and coaching staff because they put us under plenty of pressure and were able to take the lead.
“That’s not something we’ve had to deal with for a while now, so I was pleased with our response and the way we battled back.
“We got the leveller and then had a two-goal lead, but our opponents kept going to reduce the deficit and we had to see the game out.
“There was one negative from the contest as both sides were keen to put on a competitive contest, but the man in the middle was frustrating everyone by constantly breaking up play.
“Now we’ve got one game remaining before the Christmas break and we’ll be working hard in training so we’re ready to face Basildon on Sunday.”
Pompey: Trodd; Frampton, Rutherford, Atkinson, Taylor; Kempson, Clark, Hillier (Sievwright 69), Quinn (Stephens 88); Sherwood (George 62), Umotong
Subs not used: Benson, Tonks