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Pompey Women: Development Team Update

A chat with the management team

14 October 2022


Pompey Women: Development Team Update

A chat with the management team

14 October 2022

Molly Small and Adam Angus were appointed as Pompey Women's joint development team managers in the summer and have enjoyed a winning start to the season, gaining six points from their opening two games.

Since arriving from Alton, the pair have spoken about how seamlessly they have found taking on their roles.

Molly and Adam said: “Settling in has been one of the easiest things we’ve done. From day one, everyone at the club has been so welcoming and it made the transition that bit easier. We definitely feel at home here.

“The transition has been relatively smooth. Our ambitions remain and we feel they are matched by the vision this club has.

"We enjoy working with younger players as we are just as keen and eager to develop as they are to learn.

“Our recruitment has been productive. When we came in, we assessed the team from last season and we wanted to build on the foundation that was there.

“We have a process which is broken down in three key areas – commitment, communication and being coachable.

“The club held trials held over the summer, which attracted a high amount of players from all over the region.

"We retained several players from last year’s group and added some in key areas. The players have settled in well, striking an instant bond.”

Pompey started the league campaign with a 2-0 win at Southampton, followed by a 1-0 victory at Swindon, with a cup defeat on penalties sandwiched between the two.

The duo said: “Our first month has been a whirlwind and one we won’t forget. As a team, we are in a very good position.

“To begin two league wins from two just shows how far this group has come from last season.

"Success is about getting players into the first team. However, promoting a winning mentality is crucial to that.

“The cup loss, sandwiched between the two league victories, was hard to take. However, the learning we took from this experience will certainly put us in good stead moving forward, both individually and collectively.”

The Blues face Eversley and California in the Hampshire Cup on Sunday, October 16, and the winners of this tie will take on the Portsmouth first team.

Small and Angus concluded: “Everyone loves a cup game – there's always a special feeling about them.

"Our preparations have gone well, following a little break last week. We have several players coming back in from injury and we're all feeling positive about the game.

“Having come up against Eversley in the past, we know what to expect from them. We've done our research and believe we've prepared the team well so they know what to expect on the day.

“The message will be simple. Enjoy the match, work for each other and believe in your own qualities.

"We're going into the tie with no pressure. If we execute the game-plan and follow our way of playing, then the outcome will take care of itself.”

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