City keep promotion hopes alive

Katy Watts triumphed for City of Portsmouth in the javelin
Katy Watts triumphed for City of Portsmouth in the javelin
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Injury-hit City of Portsmouth kept their UK Women’s League promotion hopes alive at Stevenage.

City had to settle for a fifth-placed finish in their second division two outing of the campaign.

Bronwin Carter’s side were hit with a succession of absentees, meaning a number of the side had to take part in multiple events.

But they dug deep to ensure the team go in to their final fixture in Bedford at the end of the month in with a chance of promotion.

City currently sit third in the table – with two clubs going up automatically at the end of the season.

Katy Watts was the single winner for her team, as she again delivered in the javelin.

Watts’ effort officially came in at 45.76m, although there was some question marks over the standard of judging from the official who registered that distance.

It was enough to get the win, however, in front of Herts Phoenix’s Eloise Meakins.

There were personal bests for hammer pair Irish Sirmons and Suzi Wise.

And Emma Gilmore was second in the 800m in 2min 19.7sec on her final City outing before moving to America.

Carter had praise for the resilience of her team.

She said: ‘We had a lot of injury and illness.

‘So people had to double up to get us through.

‘We are still lying third overall after two matches, so it’s not too bad.

‘We didn’t have Cassie Thorp, Karrie Blake and a lot of others – and Jess Shuttleworth had an injury as well, which affected her.

‘But the girls who did fill in were very obliging so we didn’t have any gaps.

‘Katy was the only winner, although it should have been a bigger distance because the official didn’t see it.

‘It was a good team effort considering the problems we faced.’

Carter is now hoping City can get a powerful side out for their final crucial fixture of the campaign at Bedford on July 28.

She said: ‘We have to get a strong team out for when we go to Bedford.

‘If we finish in the top two we get promoted.

‘We now need to get the best possible team for the last one.

‘And we also need everyone to be on top of their game and to stay healthy.’