Moments of madness late in the match cost Pompey Ladies as they let a 2-0 lead slip to draw 2-2 with C & K Basildon at Privett Park on Sunday.
Manager Perry Northeast was left frustrated as he saw 70 minutes of good play undone in the closing stages of the contest.
An element of panic crept into the game and we couldn’t close it out. It was bitterly disappointingPerry Northeast
Molly Clark and Sarah Kempson were both on target during what the Blues boss described as ‘phase one’.
But then Basildon took over in the final 20 minutes and things quickly changed.
They put Pompey under pressure and the hosts collapsed to concede twice to draw the FA Premier League southern division contest.
Northeast said: ‘We couldn’t see the game out.
‘The league has dramatically improved in the last two years and you can’t switch off against any team.
‘With the standards we expect of ourselves it should be very difficult for the opposition to come back from 2-0 down on your home pitch.
‘We didn’t make it that difficult for them to get back in the game.
‘The game was played out in two phases.
‘In the first 70 minutes we played some great football and took a 2-0 lead.
‘We were deserving of that and things were going well.
‘The second phase was the final 20 minutes.
‘Questions were being asked by Basildon.
‘An element of panic crept into the game and we couldn’t close it out. It was bitterly disappointing.’
Pompey started brightly and deservedly took the lead on 30 minutes.
Molly Clark’s excellent delivery from a corner was too hot for the Basildon keeper,who was unable to stop the ball nestling in the back of the net.
Kempson made it 2-0 when she headed home a very good Lucy Quinn cross on 56 minutes.
At that stage it looked good for the Blues.
But when Basildon pulled a goal back they sensed they could snatch a point.
Pompey panicked a little and paid the price in the 89th minute when the visitors equalised from a corner that was not cleared.
Northeast added: ‘We had chances to make it 3-1 but then the game became a bit messy.
‘It’s too easy to focus on the first part of the game.
‘We can’t just focus on the things we did well.
‘I will be watching it back and particularly looking at the last half an hour.
‘It was going to plan until a few crazy minutes.
‘We will look at the video together as a team and see where we can improve.’
Pompey Ladies host AFC Stoneham in the Hampshire FA Challenge Cup second round on Sunday.
– DAVID BRAWN