Derby dozen earns Gosport bragging rights

Action from the Portsmouth & Southsea Vets cup game with Chichester on January 5. P&S lost 6-2.
Action from the Portsmouth & Southsea Vets cup game with Chichester on January 5. P&S lost 6-2.
Katie Spooner is aiming high for City of Portsmouth Ladies. Picture: Keith Woodland

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Gosport claimed a derby triumph over south coast rivals Portsmouth & Southsea in Hampshire League division five.

Hat-tricks from Mike Higgins, Dan Kemp and Ben Lewis inspired a comfortable 12-0 victory at St Vincent College on Saturday.

The game between the two sides’ second strings looked in doubt when torrential rain overwhelmed the all-weather surface.

However, a let-up in the downpour allowed the puddles to drain and paved the way for a delayed start to the derby clash.

Portsmouth & Southsea’s hopes of a first win under skipper Marc Kendrick were soon extinguished, though, as the hosts took control.

Despite excellent performances from Dan Arnell and Phil Mant – and a great goalline stop from left-back Jonathon Murphy – the visitors were unable to hurt the Gosport Borough outfit.

They frustrated them for a time but the floodgates finally opened to leave the home side in seventh spot – with a trip to fourth-placed Southampton University next weekend.

Portsmouth & Southsea’s first team took on Gosport Borough, too – but their derby fixture was abandoned after just 25 minutes amid horrendous playing conditions. While it was understandable, the decision to call off the division two fixture came as a frustration to the Portsmouth & Southsea side who led the fixture 1-0 at the time.

An exquisite 20-yard pass from Jack Ferrett had left Stanley Marlow one-on-one with the Borough keeper and Marlow kept his nerve to score.

There were encouraging displays from Portsmouth & Southsea keeper Sam Whapshott and debut-making defender Sam Langston.

And their side showed enough to suggest they can improve on their 11th spot during the second half of the season and avoid relegation.

Elsewhere, United Services beat Lavant 10-0 in division six.

Ed Skinner put them ahead as he opened his account for the club and the goals continued to flow.

Lavant lost their cool at times as Michael Pugh and Jason Clark struck hat-tricks and Tom Jefferies scored his first of the season.

Pip Avery was also on target with a double.

Gosport 1898 went down 5-0 at the hands of Woking Old Peculiars.

An impressive display from newly-selected Hampshire under-16 talent Rannoch Foster could not prevent the defeat, which leaves Gosport ninth in division seven.

In the fifth division of the ladies’ league, leaders United Services beat Haslemere III 2-1.

Clare Searle ran the length of the pitch before crashing a shot across the D and in off the post.

Sharon Dewer then teed up Anna Plant to make it two, before Haslemere grabbed a consolation.

Meanwhile, Portsmouth & Southsea’s ladies netted a 3-1 win over Basingstoke IV in Hampshire League division division six.

The second string saw Michaela Chandler’s opening goal cancelled out before half-time.

But despite the deteriorating conditions, Stephanie Lowry and Sara Galliers hit the target after the break to secure a first win of 2013.