Watson: There’s plenty more to come from Pompey Ladies

Pompey Ladies keeper Sadie Blakely
Pompey Ladies keeper Sadie Blakely
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It’s been a great start to the season for Pompey Ladies but there is plenty more to come.

The Blues have been in superb form with eight wins and one draw in their past nine games in all competitions.

Perry Northeast’s side have been rock solid in defence and keeper Sadie Blakely has conceded just three goals in her past eight matches.

Five clean sheets in that time has provided a solid platform with the team’s form taking them right to the top of the FA Women’s Premier League southern division.

Cardiff regained top spot on Sunday, with Pompey not playing due to the postponement of their clash with Copsewood (Coventry).

But the Welsh side and Pompey each have 19 points at the top and keeper coach Karl Watson believes Northeast’s side have plenty more gears to move through.

He said: ‘A lot more of the exciting football we saw last year is still to come.

‘Perry was talking about the dangers of hitting peak form too early.

‘But we have probably been performing at about 75 per cent.’

During his playing career, Watson featured locally for Hawks, Portchester and Horndean.

But he believes the current set-up, led by Northeast, with the likes of fitness coach Jason Campbell and assistant boss Katie Poore, is the best he has experienced.

‘The coaching set-up under Perry and Katie is second to none,’ said Watson.

‘I’ve been around local clubs as a player and never come across such a professional set-up.

‘It’s great to be a part of it. Perry is a superb coach.

‘I have played at Havant & Waterlooville, or Havant Town as they were then, Portchester, and Horndean, and I’ve never worked with, or played for, such a talented coach.

‘It is important to have variety in the sessions because it keeps everyone focused.

‘Jason works the players really hard and they thrive on that.

‘They always want to do more of the sessions.’

In his role as keeper coach, Watson is in the perfect position to comment on Pompey Ladies superb defensive record.

He believes Blakely’s form has been key, along with the impressive displays from centre-back duo Leeta Rutherford and Jodie Goodall.

Watson said: ‘Sadie has been playing out of her skin week in, week out.

‘Ahead of her, the partnership between Leeta Rutherford and Jodie Goodall has really been excellent.’

The Blue will be looking to increase their unbeaten run to 10 matches when they travel to Plymouth on Sunday.