Blues back with a bang against Widbrook

Lucy Quinn hit a hat-trick for Pompey
Lucy Quinn hit a hat-trick for Pompey
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Gemma Hillier and Lucy Quinn both hit hat-tricks as Pompey Ladies returned to action with a 13-1 win against Widbrook in the Hampshire FA Challenge Cup.

Charley Wilson, Gemma Simmons and Leeta Rutherford all scored twice, and Sarah Kempson completed the goal tally.

Management duo Perry Northeast and Katie Poore were pleased to see Pompey show full commitment to the game, despite the obvious gap in levels between the teams.

It can be easy to step off the gas in such situations but the Blues kept going to the end.

Northeast said: ‘We really wanted to see a solid showing for 90 minutes.

‘All 14 of the players kept doing the right things and we were getting better as the match went on.

‘The players kept each other going – it was a squad atmosphere in that sense.’

Widbrook, who play in the Hampshire County Women’s Football League, also deserved plenty of credit for fighting on and netting a highly-cherished goal.

‘It was a pleasant game and Widbrook fought hard,’ said Northeast.

‘They kept going and they were trying to do the right things.

‘When we did take our foot right off the gas for a three or four-minute spell, Widbrook got a goal.

‘That was a wake-up call. It wasn’t a bad goal, either.

‘Also, the roar when they scored was something else.’

For Premier League southern division side Pompey, it was important to give their top players some match time.

Bad weather had wrecked their schedule recently.

Previous to Sunday, the 5-1 win against Lewes in the league in October was their only outing since September.

There was no sign of rustiness, though.

Simmons and Jess Frampton set up skipper Hillier to make it 1-0.

Pompey doubled their lead on 14 minutes, as Quinn shot home from a direct free-kick.

The third goal was a quality finish as Kempson drove the ball low into the net from 25 yards out.

Widbrook pulled a goal back as Pompey keeper Sadie Blakely was beaten.

Despite getting a hand to the ball, the shot was too strong for her.

The Blues responded and Hillier netted her second.

Simmons made it five with an acrobatic scissor-kick finish and then added her second before the break.

The pattern continued in the second half as Wilson netted, Quinn curled home the eighth goal, and Hillier rounded the Widbrook keeper to make it nine.

Rutherford struck twice in the final 20 minutes, and Wilson and Quinn added further goals to make it 13-1.

POMPEY LADIES: Sadie Blakely, Gemma Simmons, Lauren Murphy, Victoria Summerfield (Fi McMillan 60mins), Nadine Bazan, Becky Hunt (Ellie Bloomfield 45mins), Sarah Kempson (Leeta Rutherford 55mins), Jess Frampton, Lucy Quinn, Charley Wilson, Gemma Hillier.