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POMPEY LADIES are bidding to further their claims for a 2014 FA Women’s Super League spot as they welcome Manchester City to Westleigh Park on Sunday (1pm).

Vanessa Raynbird’s Blues need to satisfy a number of criteria if they are to win a place at the top table of the English game for 2014.

They are progressing well with their bid off the field and the mission on Sunday is to showcase their quality on the pitch.

The aim is to get a big crowd through the gate and then turn in an impressive display to earn a place in the quarter-finals of the league cup. If they can accomplish those goals it will help catch the eye of the FA who will decide which 10 teams – out of an expected pool of 30 bidders – will form a new second tier of the Super League.

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt has given her backing to the bid, along with Linvoy Primus and the Hampshire FA.

Mordaunt said: ‘As a Member of Parliament and a serving member of HM Armed Forces I know what it is like to be a woman in fields that are traditionally a man’s world.

‘Championing equal opportunities is very important to me and why I believe Portsmouth should have a top-level woman’s team.

‘Consequently, I very much support the application for Portsmouth FC ladies’ team to join the Women’s Super League.

‘I want women’s and girls’ football in Portsmouth and Hampshire to continue to develop and, as the most successful ladies’ team in the south of England, Portsmouth FC ladies will be key to doing that. I am continually impressed with their work and professionalism – both on and off the pitch.’

Pompey have midfielder Lindsey Roe back for Sunday’s clash.

She missed the FA Cup defeat at Yeovil last weekend as she was cup tied.

Winger Lucy Quinn is a doubt with injury.

If Pompey win they will host Barnet in the last eight with the prospect of a semi-final tie against either Blackburn or Aston Villa.

Admission at Westleigh Park on Sunday is £2 for adults while under-16s get in free.

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