Wilson hoping to realise Super League dream with Pompey Ladies

Pompey Ladies players and staff celebrate their title success. Picture: Jordan Hampton
Pompey Ladies players and staff celebrate their title success. Picture: Jordan Hampton
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CHARLEY WILSON is now hoping to realise her dream after helping Pompey Ladies win the FA Women’s Premier League southern division title.

The Blues needed a point from Sunday’s match against West Ham to wrap up the trophy and did it in style with a 3-1 success.

It means Perry Northeast’s side are set to face northern division winners Sheffield on Sunday, May 24.

A coveted place in the FA Women’s Super League is the prize for the winners of that match.

Pompey striker Wilson, who celebrated her 30th birthday last week, is now within shooting distance of achieving her main goal in football.

It’s a chance she is determined not to pass up.

I’ve just turned 30 last week and I think it’s just the time for me to get one shot to get in that Super League

Charley Wilson

She said: ‘Winning the title means absolutely everything to all of us.

‘A lot of us have been at Pompey for many, many years and always dreamed of getting the chance to get in that Super League, where we deserve to be.

‘Now we have won the league. We have just got one game to play and see what happens.

‘I think we fully deserve it this season. We have all really got together.

‘I’m absolutely chuffed. I’ve just turned 30 last week and I think it’s just the time for me to get one shot to get in that Super League. That’s my dream.

‘I’ve dreamed of this since I’ve been playing in that blue shirt and I just want to get in that Super League now. That’s my next step with Pompey.

‘But whatever happens in that play-off, we are still champions. We have won that league and we should be up anyway – that’s my opinion.’

It was a very professional performance from the Blues as they comfortably saw off West Ham.

They powered into a 3-0 lead with a penalty from Sarah Kempson, a superb Jess Frampton strike and a goal from Gemma Hillier.

West Ham got one back before half-time but in the second period Pompey were completely in command.

They had two goals disallowed but had already done enough.

Wilson lauded the hard work put in by manager Northeast and assistant boss Katie Poore.

She also dedicated victory to everyone involved with the club – especially chairman Dave Coyle, who could not attend the game due to illness, and former director of football Vanessa Raynbird, who recently resigned.

Wilson added: ‘Everyone has just pulled together throughout the whole club.

‘The coaching staff have been absolute class – Perry and Katie have done so much.

‘Our sponsors have really supported us and so many fans cheered us on.

‘Dave Coyle would have loved to have been at the game and we’ve done it for him as well.

‘Also for Vanessa. She’s been a great asset to the club and she played a big part in this.’