City hold no fear in division two

21/5/2011 (SPORT) SOUTHERN ATHLETICS LEAGUE''The Southern Athletics League took place at the Mountbatten Centre on Saturday 21st May 2011.''Pictured is: Emma Gilmore during the womens 400m race.''Picture: Sarah Standing (111893-5628)
21/5/2011 (SPORT) SOUTHERN ATHLETICS LEAGUE''The Southern Athletics League took place at the Mountbatten Centre on Saturday 21st May 2011.''Pictured is: Emma Gilmore during the womens 400m race.''Picture: Sarah Standing (111893-5628)
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CITY of Portsmouth ladies proved they’ve nothing to fear from life in the UK Women’s League division two with a sterling performance at Barnet Copthall at the weekend.

Injuries and unavailability meant David Churcher’s charges went into the biggest match of their season to date with a threadbare squad.

But those who turned out for newly-promoted City’s first taste of division two action never let the occasion get the better of them, with the team securing a creditable fourth place finish after an action-packed afternoon.

And with only 2.5 points separating them from third-placed Havering Mayesbrook, the side was left wondering what could have been if they had had a full squad.

The team can, therefore, look forward to their next UK League outing in Wigan on Sunday, July 3, with confidence – particularly after some of the performances on show in north west London.

Mandy Gault can take heart following a winter of discontent with a foot injury after she claimed victory in the 400m hurdles B string in a time of 64.70secs.

She also set a new season’s best on her way to second in the 200m and helped both the 4x100m and 4x400m teams to silver in relays.

Emma Gilmore and Kerri-Ann Body also played their part in the relay sucesses.

And both can be pleased with their days’ work, with the talented teenagers proving class acts in their specialised events.

Body claimed a second and third place in the B-string 400m and 100m respectively.

Gilmore continued her impressive season with a second-place finish in the A-string 800m.

Tireless runs from Charlie Carter and Tracy Burrows proved City have real depth in the distance events – with Karrie Blake and Cassie Thorp both missing.

Meanwhile, captain Sam Vaile was as busy as ever, playing her part in the relays and impressing in the sprints and long jump.

Annie Onion also continued to impress with two third-place finished in the long jump and triple jump.

Irish Sirmons and Ros Stansbury also proved they too are ones to watch with solid throws in the javelin, shot and discus events.