Northeast: Pompey Ladies had to graft for victory

Sarah Kempson scored two for Pompey Ladies. Picture: Jordan Hampton
Sarah Kempson scored two for Pompey Ladies. Picture: Jordan Hampton
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Hard graft paid off as Pompey Ladies recorded a 3-0 win against Gillingham in the FA Women’s Premier League southern division at Locks Heath Recreation Ground on Sunday.

Ini Umotong put the Blues ahead in the fifth minute.

It was her 14th goal in the past nine matches and she has scored in each one of those games.

Sarah Kempson then took over as she fired home two clinical long-range drives – either side of half-time – to seal the victory.

Despite the quality of the goals, it was not the most fluent of Pompey performances.

But the team battled hard on a tricky pitch to seal what was ultimately a comfortable victory.

Pompey Ladies boss Northeast felt his players adapted their style of play well to ensure they coped with the difficult conditions.

He said: ‘It wasn’t one of our best performances.

‘The pitch was boggy and we adapted slightly from our usual style.

‘We got the ball into the wide areas quickly, rather than keep trying to pass it through the middle.

‘The players showed they are prepared to graft.

‘Our central midfielders are wonderfully talented.

‘They are creative on the ball but they showed they were prepared to put in some big tackles and interceptions at the right time.’

Umotong opened the scoring in the fifth minute.

Shannon Sievwright fed the ball to Nadine Bazan who made a darting run down the left channel before lifting the ball into the box.

The Gillingham keeper parried the ball and Umotong headed home.

Kempson doubled the lead on 27 minutes.

She netted with a thumping strike from the edge of the box.

After the break, Pompey added the gloss to their victory with a third.

Kempson completed her double with a shot from 30 yards that crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.

Northeast was grateful to Locks Heath for allowing the Blues to host the rearranged match there at short notice.

Pompey had been due to play QPR but the Londoners were involved in cup action instead.

‘We cannot thank Locks Heath enough for letting us hire the facility at short notice,’ added Northeast.

‘It was a tricky surface to play on – but I think we would have played on a field with no grass if we had to.

‘Getting the game on was so important.’

The Blues are away to Blackburn in the FA Women’s Cup third round proper on Sunday.

FA Women’s Premier League northern division side Blackburn emphatically beat Liverpool Marshall Feds 13-2 in their second round tie.

Pompey Ladies: Blakely, Frampton, Bazan, Currie, Rutherford, Kempson, Clark (Bloomfield, 65), Sievwright, Quinn (Rigby, 75) Hillier (Wilson, 65), Umotong