Pompey aim to crush Southampton side

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Pompey Ladies are hoping to take apart Southampton Women and bring some always welcome bragging rights to the city tonight.

Vanessa Raynbird’s Premier League outfit will be hot favourites to dismantle their opponents at Moneyfields FC (7.45pm).

A place in the final of the Hampshire FA Women’s Challenge Cup is on the line, with Aldershot Town FC having already booked their spot.

Raynbird is keen to keep momentum going after the league cup win over Manchester City and last weekend’s bright display in the 0-0 national division draw with Charlton.

She will field a strong side against their Southern Region premier visitors, with strikers Charley Wilson and Gemma Hillier likely to lead the line.

Pompey have already hit 33 goals without reply in two previous matches in the competition this season.

‘We want to win the Hampshire Cup and certainly don’t want to take the mickey out of it,’ said Raynbird.

‘It is difficult because we are so far ahead of the other teams in terms of league status but we are compelled to play our strongest side.

‘We will give some players a run but certainly won’t make 11 changes to the team who played on Sunday.

‘We want to keep our momentum going after recent performances.’

Nadine Bazan, Cally Beaumont and Lucy Quinn are all pushing for starts tonight.

But Jemma Tewkesbury and Lindsey Roe will miss out.

Both suffered ankle injuries against Charlton.

Roe has been tipped to be in contention for a return against Watford in the Premier League on Sunday.

Tewkesbury, though, faces a longer spell out after taking a real whack.

Raynbird said: ‘We patched Lindsey up for the second half against Charlton but she wasn’t running well and had to come off.

‘We are hoping she will be fit for Sunday – Jemma won’t be, though.

‘Her ankle ballooned up and it was a real nasty knock.

‘She won’t be fit for a couple of weeks.’

Pompey are hoping to get a good crowd at Dover Road tonight.

They also want strong support for what promises to be an exciting home match against national division high-fliers Watford at Westleigh Park on Sunday (2pm).

The Hertfordshire side are second in the table and have lost just once all season in the league.

But Pompey will attack the game with confidence and belief.

‘Watford will be a good test for us,’ said Raynbird.

‘It is a good time for us to play them as we are on a bit of a high at the moment.

‘We will work on our finishing in training after the Charlton draw when we missed too many chances.

‘I hope we get a good crowd to cheer us on at Havant & Waterlooville FC.

‘It makes all the difference for us.’