Pompey Ladies find goal touch to thrash Lewes

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There was a strong sense of relief for Pompey Ladies as they found their scoring touch with a 5-1 demolition of Lewes at Hayling United FC.

Striker Charley Wilson grabbed a welcome double to get her off the mark for the season.

Sarah Kempson came into the side and repaid the faith of the management team with a brace and a sparkling display.

Midfielder Leeta Rutherford also netted as Lewes were swept aside at Westleigh Park.

Pompey had been beaten twice in close battles with Lewes already this season.

But the response was superb, as they impressed in torrential rain at The College Ground to win the FA Premier League southern division clash.

To score five goals was a big lift for joint-Blues boss Northeast.

He said: ‘I’m pleased – really happy for the whole team.

‘The weather was atrocious for about a 20-minute spell.

‘Conditions were difficult but our goals were all very well worked.

‘There was some relief felt by the players.

‘They showed the ability they have and that they can score goals.’

Pompey were delighted the match was allowed to be played despite the heavy rain.

Wilson opened the scoring when she powerfully headed home the first goal from Kempson’s driven delivery.

Keeper Sadie Blakely played a big part as she protected the 1-0 lead.

She made a sensational save to keep Pompey ahead after Lewes looked set to level from a free-kick.

Northeast felt Blakely’s fine work was the crucial moment.

He said: ‘She made a fantastic save from a free-kick.

‘That was the defining moment of the game for me.

‘She really saved us there and it led to us scoring the second and taking command.’

The Blues then turned on the style and raced into a 4-0 lead by half-time.

Wilson’s perfect cross was met by Rutherford who headed home.

Kempson then made it 3-0 with a fantastic low drive from 20 yards out.

Pompey were far from finished and Quinn’s fine run and cross set up Wilson to neatly make it 4-0.

Lewes improved after the break and struck a goal back.

That jolted Pompey into action again.

The outstanding Kempson added the gloss to the victory with a trademark strike into the top corner, from 25 yards out.

The Blues will hope to repeat their fine display at home to West Ham on Sunday.

POMPEY LADIES: Sadie Blakely, Gemma Simmonds, Nadine Bazan, Becky Hunt, Lauren Murphy, Victoria Summerfield, Sarah Kempson, Leeta Rutherford, Gemma Hillier, Charley Wilson, Lucy Quinn.