Raynbird: We may rethink Hampshire Cup plans

21/8/2011 (SPORT) PORTSMOUTH LADIES V COLCHESTER LADIES''Action from the Portsmouth Ladies v Colchester Ladies match on Sunday 21st August 2011 at Moneyfields in Copnor.''Pictured is: Portsmouth Ladies player Jemma Tewkesbury during the match.''Picture: Sarah Standing (112990-208)''Tewkesbury joined from Yeovil in the summer of 2011
21/8/2011 (SPORT) PORTSMOUTH LADIES V COLCHESTER LADIES''Action from the Portsmouth Ladies v Colchester Ladies match on Sunday 21st August 2011 at Moneyfields in Copnor.''Pictured is: Portsmouth Ladies player Jemma Tewkesbury during the match.''Picture: Sarah Standing (112990-208)''Tewkesbury joined from Yeovil in the summer of 2011
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Vanessa Raynbird has admitted she may rethink her selection strategy for the Hampshire Cup next season.

The Pompey Ladies manager saw her troops cruise to an 8-0 victory over Southampton last week in the semi-final clash.

After victories in the previous rounds of 18-0 over Winchester City Flyers and 15-0 over QK Southampton, there is every chance the final against Aldershot Town could be another one-sided affair, with Pompey Ladies playing at a far-higher standard and expected to win with ease.

If the club are successful in their attempts to play in the Women’s Super League, the new summer fixtures will make it impossible for the Pompey Ladies first team to play, anyway.

But Raynbird has admitted it is an issue that needs to be addressed.

She said: ‘It was 6-0 at half-time against Southampton and they did very well in the second half to restrict us to only two more goals in the last minute or so. They never gave up.

‘But there are times when I’m sure it gets frustrating for both teams.

‘We gave an opportunity to a few of our other players who have been on the bench in recent weeks.

‘We’ve changed it this year and played our reserves in the Portsmouth Cup.

‘There’s a big difference between us and the other teams, so it might make more sense to play our reserves in the Hampshire Cup.

‘We’ve always played our first team because we always had a really good contest with Havant & Waterlooville but they are not around any more, sadly.

‘It’s not us blowing our own trumpet but we play at a higher standard.

‘We may look at the situation again next season and I will be talking to the Hampshire FA about it.

‘There is nothing worse for anyone than a game that is 18-0, as it was against Winchester City Flyers.

‘It’s no good to us and it’s definitely no good to them, so it’s something to think about.’

Pompey Ladies saw their league clash with Watford postponed at the weekend.

But they will have no qualms about playing their strongest side against Barnet in the Premier League Cup quarter-final tie on Sunday at Westleigh Park (2pm).

Jemma Tewkesbury, Lindsey Rowe and Nadine Bazan are all struggling with ankle injuries and face a race against time to be fit.

Raynbird said: ‘It will be the strongest side we’ve got for this one.

‘We’ve got a few injuries but we’re hopeful they will be fit because they are players you want available for a big game like this.

‘We’re hoping there will be a decent crowd coming along to support us.’

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