‘Fox-in-the-box’ Newsome shines on Pompey Ladies debut

Stuart O'Keefe celebrates Pompey's winning goal at The Valley. Picture: Joe Pepler

O’Keefe: Pompey triumphed with a man’s display

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LAURA NEWSOME proved Pompey Ladies’ new ‘fox in the box’ as she hit four goals on her debut in a 13-0 win at AFC Boscombe.

The emphatic victory secured the Blues a place in the quarter-finals of the Hampshire Cup.

It was always likely to be a comfortable outing for Pompey, who are defending their trophy and have long been the dominant force in the county.

The FA Premier League southern division side play three tiers above their Hampshire League division one hosts.

The Blues certainly showed their extra quality, with Newsome joined on the goal trail by Lucy Quinn, who hit a treble, Charley Wilson, Chloe Dark, Leeta Rutherford, Molly Clark, Jess Frampton and Ini Umotong.

Clearly the match was one-sided but for Newsome it was a dream start.

She came on as a second-half substitute and announced herself in fine style – earning a new nickname with her Pompey team-mates in the process.

Blues boss Perry Northeast had a lot to do with that, thanks to his summary of Newsome’s display after the game.

He said: ‘Laura bagged four and three of them came in about a 10-minute spell.

‘She was very lively – I labelled her a fox in the box and the players have now decided to call her “foxy”.

‘Laura has a lively personality and she wants to work hard.’

Pompey took the lead when striker Wilson reacted sharply in the box to score first.

Quinn made it 2-0 and 17-year-old Dark got the third on 36 minutes.

Rutherford headed home to make it 4-0 and Clark added the fifth.

Pompey continued to score regularly in the second half.

Quinn beat the offside trap and dinked the ball home.

Frampton then netted after 58 minutes with a superb strike, high into the roof of the net.

Newsome opened her account on 69 minutes with a header from a Quinn cross to make it 8-0.

Fellow substitute Umotong scored on 75 minutes and then crossed for Newsome to get her second.

Quinn completed her hat-trick on 84 minutes and Newsome added two more goals to make it 13-0.

Northeast felt it was a useful game for his side.

‘It was really beneficial because we set out a lot of team targets and team objectives and we were happy to see them come off in the match,’ he said.

Meanwhile Pompey will go to Nottingham Forest in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup quarter-finals on February 1.

The Blues have been drawn away to Gillingham in the FA Cup on January 11.

POMPEY LADIES: Blakely, Bazan, Rutherford, Currie (Keen, 50 mins), Frampton, Sievwright (Newsome, 45mins) Clark, Kempson, Quinn, Dark, Wilson (Umotong, 45mins)