Charley Wilson was at her clinical best as Pompey Ladies continued their charge with a 3-0 win at West Ham on Sunday.
Wilson bagged a double and an own goal completed the tally to take the Blues top of the FA Women’s Premier League southern division table.
Manager Perry Northeast was delighted to see his forward put in such an impressive performance.
Wilson caused all kinds of problems for the West Ham defence and got her reward – although the Blues boss felt she should have been credited with a hat-trick.
‘Charley got the first goal with a fantastic header from a Lucy Quinn cross,’ said Northeast.
‘You could see it meant a lot to her.
‘It was from a corner. Charley lost her marker really well and it was a malicious header, straight through the keeper.
‘We needed that goal at that time.
‘Charley got the first goal and the third goal from her hustle and bustle.
‘I would credit her with the second goal as well – so I’d like to credit her with a hat-trick really.
‘Our second goal was one for the dubious goals panel.
‘It was a ball into the box, Gemma Hillier had an effort and then Charley had an effort.
‘Charley got the last touch from our point of view. I would like to credit the goal to Charley but I don’t know if it will go down as an own goal.’
Ini Umotong came off the bench for her Pompey debut with 20 minutes to go.
She made a big impact on the game and capped off her performance with an assist for the third goal, again scored by Wilson.
Northeast said: ‘Ini is a hell of a presence. She made a big impact and got an assist for the third goal.
‘Sarah Kempson played the ball to Ini and she looped it on for Charley to follow in at the back post. It was a quality move.’
West Ham made it difficult for Pompey and Northeast was pleased his side stood up to the challenge.
He said: ‘It was fairly tough. West Ham are another physical side, just like Charlton the week before.
‘I don’t mean dirty, just tough, tough teams – tough to break down.
‘That is one of the strengths of this league, teams are very tough.’
Pompey Ladies travel to Spurs on Sunday.
Spurs slumped to a 4-0 loss to Cardiff at the weekend but have a chance to get back on track on Thursday against West Ham before they host the Blues.
Northeast said: ‘Spurs play West Ham on Thursday so hopefully they will have tired legs by Sunday.
‘They will be wounded after they lost to Cardiff. I don’t think there manager will let that happen again.’