Kempson hat-trick helps Pompey Ladies climb to third

Sarah Kempson Picture: Jordan Hampton
Sarah Kempson Picture: Jordan Hampton
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Pompey Ladies are now putting serious pressure on the leaders in the FA Women’s Premier League southern division.

The Blues turned up the heat with an emphatic 4-1 win at Chesham United on Sunday.

Sarah Kempson netted a clinical hat-trick and Gemma Simmonds was also on the mark.

The ladies are now up to third in the table.

They have been scoring for fun in 2014 so far and have been solid in defence.

Joint Pompey boss Katie Poore felt the team were not at their fluent best against struggling Chesham.

But she was happy their play improved in the second half as they got the job done with plenty to spare.

Poore said: ‘We have played a lot better this season – and worked a lot harder.

‘It’s difficult when you are playing the team at the bottom of the league.

‘We had also played midweek, so perhaps the players were a bit tired.

‘But we can’t be at our best in every game, so it’s absolutely important we were able to win the game.

‘Our second-half performance was a lot better than the first.’

The Blues took the lead in the 16th minute.

Striker Wilson was clipped in the box as she attempted to carve a path through the Chesham defence.

The referee pointed to the spot and Kempson stepped up confidently to slot the ball low into the net.

Chesham battled back to equalise in the 33rd minute.

Pompey keeper Sadie Blakely punched away a cross but the ball fell to Gemma Fraser who equalised.

Parity did not stand for long as, on 41 minutes, Tiff Taylor and Lucy Quinn combined to free Simmonds – and the midfielder finished well from 18 yards to make it 2-1.

After the break, Pompey pressed home their advantage.

Kempson, always a threat from outside the box, lashed the ball home from 20 yards with her left foot.

Pompey stepped up the gears and the Buckinghamshire hosts had no answer as Kempson completed her treble on 76 minutes.

It was a simple finish as she tapped home, from a Quinn corner, to complete the scoring and claim the match ball.

The victory made it five wins from five matches for Pompey in 2014.

They will be expecting to continue that run when they go to Basingstoke on Wednesday for a Hampshire FA Women’s Challenge Cup semi-final tie.

Pompey will aim to set up a derby in the final against University of Portsmouth.

Pompey Ladies: Sadie Blakely, Nadine Bazan, Fiona McMillan, Lauren Murphy, Tiffany Taylor, Lucy Quinn, Ellie Bloomfield, Gemma Simmonds, Sarah Kempson, Charley Wilson, Gemma Hillier.Subs: Becky Hunt, Lysette Russell, Naomi Greene, Jess Frampton