It’s looking so bright for Pompey Ladies

Nadine Bazan netted for Pompey Ladies at Brighton. Picture: Mick Young
Nadine Bazan netted for Pompey Ladies at Brighton. Picture: Mick Young
Tareiq Holmes-Dennis limps off injured against Rochdale. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Perry Northeast felt it was a great squad effort after Pompey Ladies recorded a third win in eight days with a 2-0 success at Brighton.

Nadine Bazan and Gemma Hillier got the goals to continue the Blues’ excellent form on Sunday.

That came after a league cup win at Copsewood (Coventry) and then a home success against Lewes in midweek.

Northeast was able to rotate his squad for the three games and saw it pay off.

He said: ‘I’m pleased with that one game against Brighton but I’m pleased with the whole squad for the three games.

‘Sunday’s result was a fitting tribute to how well they have played over the three games.

‘I’m really happy with the result.

‘The performance could have been better but we were away from home against a good side and we kept a clean sheet.

‘I can’t complain too much after that.

‘With three games in 18 days it was a chance to see where we really are.

‘Each and every player has stood up and done something in the past three games.’

Keeper Sadie Blakely was in fine form for the Blues at Culver Road – the home of Lancing FC – on Sunday.

She made some good saves, before Bazan put the visitors ahead with seven minutes of the first half remaining.

The Pompey left-back picked up the ball 10 yards inside the Brighton half and burst forward.

She beat the defence and then confidently finished well, giving the Brighton keeper no chance.

With the hosts pouring forward in the second half, Pompey capitalised to strike the crucial second goal on the counter-attack.

A rapid break from Lucy Quinn quickly turned defence to attack.

She fed Hillier, who took a touch just inside the area and fired the ball beyond Baker.

Northeast acknowledged Brighton controlled much of the possession, but he felt Pompey’s clinical finishing and resolute defending ensured it was an excellent away victory.

He added: ‘We expected them to be comfortable in possession.

‘But each player on our team did their job to stifle attacks.

‘Sadie Blakely made some fantastic saves.

‘Our own passing game wasn’t at its finest but we countered twice and we got them.’

Pompey Ladies are at home to Keynsham on Sunday and will be looking to build on their excellent form.

Northeast added: ‘If you look at the league table you are thinking home win but it could be a potential banana skin.

‘They beat West Ham so we have to be professional and make sure we are focused on getting the win.’