Pompey Ladies returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Gillingham at Privett Park.
They made a great start by breaking the deadlock after just three minutes, with skipper Nadine Bazan pouncing after Molly Clark’s long-range attempt had been parried clear.
It was pretty much one-way traffic as the first half progressed and Gemma Hillier twice went close to doubling the advantage.
Samantha Quayle then headed against the post, as the hosts had to settle for just a narrow lead at the interval.
But Quayle did find the target shortly after the restart, rising highest in the box to meet Molly Clark’s corner.
The Blues were not done there, however, and Ellie Kirby saw her shot blocked, while Courtney Shanly made a superb save to keep out Shannon Sievwright’s volley.
An inventive finish from Quayle then secured the points just past the hour mark, with the forward using her body to guide another Clark corner into the net.
Jenny Newman was able to reduce Gillingham’s deficit, but Pompey remained the dominant side and Quayle missed a late opportunity to secure a hat-trick.
Blues boss Jay Sadler told the club’s official YouTube channel: “We circulated the ball with intensity and some of our runs were superb.
“We thoroughly deserved the victory and I’m very pleased. We’ve been looking for composure in the final third and we got that.
"Certain individuals really stood out and I’m really proud of the girls."
“There were people in the right areas. We’re being positive, expressive and always looking to play on the front foot.
“We saw the game out towards the end, showing some resilience and character when Gillingham were throwing bodies forward.
“I was disappointed with the manner in which we conceded a goal, but we can learn from that moving forward.
“Overall it was a very promising result and performance. Certain individuals really stood out and I’m really proud of the girls.”
Pompey: Levett; Kirby (Panting 78), Southgate, Widdowson, Bazan (c); Sievwright, Currie, Clark (Albuery 89); Stephens (Barron 63), Quayle, Hillier
Subs not used: Perkins, Peck