While it has been a difficult time off the field, Pompey Ladies will be aiming to continue making positive strides on the pitch at Plymouth on Sunday.
The departures of Charley Wilson and Sadie Blakely has stirred plenty of emotion.
The players are fantastic and they want to win a game of footballPerry Northeast
Manager Perry Northeast explained his reasons for the decision to release the talented and experienced duo in The News last week.
Many fans have expressed their support for the departed duo.
Some have taken it even further and resorted to criticising Northeast on social media.
But on the field there is a league title to defend and the team must keep pushing forward.
They beat QPR 1-0 last time out thanks to a goal from Lucy Quinn, and will be looking to build on that on this Sunday.
Plymouth will be powerful hosts, though, and Northeast is certainly not expecting a comfortable afternoon.
He said: ‘Plymouth will be physically quite dogged.
‘They have players who can hurt you if you give them too much respect and time.
‘We only just beat them at their place last season.
‘Against QPR last week the players were great in the game.
‘They were passing the ball around very well and linking up well together.
‘All credit to them. They have done well again.
‘We need a couple of good training sessions before the Plymouth game.
‘The players are fantastic and they want to win a game of football.
‘They will fight it out to be in the starting line-up for the game.’
Plymouth are 10th in the table after six games.
They have only managed to pick up four points so Pompey will start the match as favourites.
The Blues are nicely positioned in fifth place, with five wins and just one defeat.
They have two games in hand on Spurs in fourth and Charlton in third.
Leaders Brighton and second-placed Cardiff have each played one more match than Pompey.
It’s very early days but it is shaping up to be another enthralling title race, with several teams fighting it out for glory.
Pompey have still to show their true quality on a consistent basis this season.
They turned on the style in the 5-1 victory against Coventry United in early September.
That performance hasn’t been repeated regularly, but Northeast saw plenty of encouraging signs in the 1-0 win against QPR last time out.
He added: ‘The performance on Wednesday showed we are still a good footballing side.
‘We were passing the ball around very well.
‘It was a pleasure to watch and we need to play in a similar fashion to that on Sunday.’