POMPEY Ladies have been challenged to revolutionise their fortunes in tomorrow’s ‘game changer’ against Sheffield.
Perry Northeast’s FA Premier League southern division champions clash with the northern division winners for a place in the FA Women’s Super League.
It’s a game changer for usPerry Northeast
The meeting at Stratford Town, in Stratford-upon-Avon, could have crucial consequences for the Blues.
Joining the elite competition will have a big impact on the club – and the city.
Northeast said: ‘It’s a game changer for us.
‘Not only does it put players on a level where they should be on a regular basis, it gives the city of Portsmouth another team in the top field of their sport.
‘Look at what Gosport Borough and Petersfield Town have achieved with their promotions.
‘We could be right up there with the high-performance sports teams in Portsmouth.’
Pompey face a goalkeeping crisis going into the game, as they are unable to name either of their first-choice keepers.
That’s with Michelle Beazley unable to replace the suspended Sadie Blakely, with the former not playing enough league games for the club.
That means 16-year-old Courtney Trodd will get the nod but Northeast is upbeat about her talent.
The Blues boss is delighted to go into the game with support from all quarters ringing in the team’s ears.
He said: ‘It’s been great.
‘Courtney will play. She’s young in age but with ability beyond her years. It’s a great chance and she’s ready.
‘I didn’t quite appreciate how many people from other clubs, including other managers, wanted us to do well.
‘The messages of support have been magnificent.’