Blues battle from behind to beat Lewes 4-3
Pompey Ladies were involved in their second seven-goal thriller in the space of three days.
But, following Sunday’s defeat at Swindon, this time it was the Blues who came out on top with a 4-3 victory over Lewes at Privett Park.
They were dealt a blow before kick-off when Courtney Trodd suffered an injury in the warm-up, meaning that 17-year-old Melissa Burns was handed a debut between the sticks.
And the hosts fell behind early on, as Rebecca Carter crossed for Danni Lane to smash home after just seven minutes.
But it did not take long for the equaliser to arrive, with a 25-yard free-kick from Eilidh Currie arrowing into the bottom corner.
Pompey then turned the contest on its head when Samantha Quayle latched onto Gemma Hillier’s superb pass and rounded keeper Lauren Dolbear before sliding the ball into the net.
And it got even better on 25 minutes, with Quayle turning provided to tee up Shannon Sievwright for a well-struck finish.
The impressive Quayle then added a fourth goal before the break following an almighty scramble from a corner.
Pompey appeared to be cruising towards all three points, but Lewes were not prepared to lie down and accept defeat.
Lane grabbed her second of the evening after Burns had parried a shot clear, while Tammy Waine reduced the deficit further after the ball ricocheted off her legs and into the net.
That ensured a nervy finale but, despite coming under plenty of pressure, the hosts held on to secure victory.
Pompey: Burns, Bazan, Rutherford, Atkinson, Capel-Watson (Benson 90+3), Sievwright, Bloomfield (Tonks 87), James (Whitter 64), Currie, Hillier (c), Quayle
Sub not used: Stephens