Success at Lewes keeps Pompey Ladies right on track

Leeta Rutherford scored for Pompey Ladies at Lewes. Picture: Mick Young (151336-14)
Leeta Rutherford scored for Pompey Ladies at Lewes. Picture: Mick Young (151336-14)
Gary Roberts scores against Plymouth at Fratton Park back in April Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey set for another port dust-up with League Two rivals

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Pompey Ladies fought hard to make it three wins in eight days with a 2-0 success at Lewes in the FA Premier League southern division.

Blues manager Perry Northeast was not surprised to see the hosts make it tough for his team.

We can keep the ball better but our tenacity and desire to win possession back was as good as ever

Perry Northeast

Goals from Leeta Rutherford and Charley Wilson settled the match.

That followed home wins against QPR and Coventry United.

Northeast kept his side fresh by utilising his squad again – with Tiff Taylor, Ini Umotong and Shannon Sievwright all starting.

Lewes fought all the way in a close contest and the Blues had to battle hard to earn their victory.

Northeast said: ‘Lewes is always a hard place to go and get something from.

‘They make life difficult. They don’t give up at any point in the game.

‘We got two goals, with two different scorers, and maximum points so it was another good day for us.

‘Certainly we can keep the ball better but our tenacity and desire to win possession back was as good as ever.

‘We could have kept the ball better in spells and we will work on that.’

Pompey took the lead on 33 minutes with a header from centre-back Rutherford.

She managed to connect with a superb ball into the box from Lucy Quinn.

It was her second goal of the season after she also scored in the 5-1 win against Coventry United.

Northeast said: ‘Leeta scored a fantastic header from Lucy Quinn’s delivery.

‘She got a final flick on it into the far corner of the net.

‘Leeta is doing well, scoring goals at the other end of the field.

‘We have worked on our delivery and it is paying dividends.

‘In our squad we have wonderfully technical players.

Lucy’s ball in was one of the best deliveries I have seen in football.

‘It was a wicked ball into the box – almost impossible to defend.’

Pompey’s narrow advantage at the break ensured there was still plenty to play for in the second half.

Lewes battled on but the Blues doubled their lead on 53 minutes.

Umotong teed up Wilson who thumped the ball into the back of the net in style.

Northeast said: ‘Ini set up Charley to grab what was a very important goal for us.

‘It was a good finish and good combination play.

‘Charley loves scoring goals and she especially thrives on scoring important ones for the team.’

Pompey Ladies will be looking to make it five wins from five league matches on Sunday when they host Charlton.

Both teams are unbeaten so far in the southern division.

Charlton have won two and drawn two of their four matches.

The game takes place at Privett Park (2pm).