Pinnington’s super Pompey Ladies squad flying

Tash Stephens, right, who has been in excellent form
Tash Stephens, right, who has been in excellent form

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The impressive form of the development squad is a sign of great progress for Pompey Ladies.

Midfielder Sarah Kempson believes the club have really been boosted with the players coming through from Ben Pinnington’s excellent outfit.

The development squad are now unbeaten in 12 matches.

They beat QPR 2-0 away from home on Sunday.

Their run of form also included a 4-1 win against Southampton Saints with a Liz O’Callaghan brace and goals from Rebekah Tonks and Katie James.

A number of players from the development side have made a big impact in Perry Northeast’s first team in recent matches.

Their progression to playing and training with the first team has meant Kempson has had a chance to work closely with some of those coming through.

She believes the standard of players in the ranks and the quality of the coaching set-up bodes very well for the future.

Kempson said: ‘In terms of the development side, I think this is where we have strengthened the most as a club.

‘Our development system is really good.

‘The young players we have and the process of feeding them through into the development side and the first-team squad is excellent.’

Tash Stephens and Charlotte Benson are two of the players who have really impressed in the first team in the past few weeks after playing in the development side.

They have followed others like Katie George, who made a huge impact on the first team with five goals in the win against AFC Stoneham.

Kempson added: ‘Katie George is a very good centre forward.

‘Unfortunately she has been injured recently.

‘This is a good time of the season for the players to be involved.

‘It’s nice to have young players making an impact.

‘Players who are playing well in the development side get to train with the first team.

‘We have a very strong development side and they are doing well.’

The Hampshire squad are also in fine form after they won 5-4 against AFC Bournemouth.

Pompey Ladies’ first team will have to wait to continue their fine form after the match with Forest Green was switched because of their opposition having a county cup match taking precedence.

The development squad are also without a match so the players are set to link up for training tomorrow.