Pompey Ladies ready for crucial Brighton test

Lucy Quinn
Lucy Quinn
Anton Walkes. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey Ladies are aiming to do the double over Brighton when the teams meet in the FA Women’s Premier League southern division at Blackfield & Langley tomorrow (7.45pm).

The Blues won the reverse fixture 2-1 in mid-December.

Lucy Quinn and Leeta Rutherford scored the goals to seal the three points and south coast derby bragging rights.

Pompey haven’t played in the league since, due to the bad weather and the switch of attention to cup contests.

Sunday’s scheduled league match at Coventry was postponed.

So it leaves Pompey desperate to get tomorrow’s match played.

The venue has been switched from Furze Lane 3G to the grass at Blackfield.

That means the two teams will need the weather to be kind – something that hasn’t happened often in recent weeks.

Joint Pompey bosses Perry Northeast and Katie Poore are getting ready to lead the team into a busy spell of fixtures, with so many league and cup matches still to play.

Northeast feels it will be crucial they get the win tomorrow.

Pompey currently sit in fourth spot in the table and are looking to put pressure on the teams above them.

‘The games like Brighton will shape our season,’ said Northeast.

‘If we win, we can put pressure on the teams at the top, but if we lose, we could slip out of contention.

‘It’s a derby game. Both teams are always keen to win and it should be a great game.

‘We only played them just before Christmas.

‘They have lost two or three players and gained two or three players, so they will be a bit of a different outfit from the team they were.

‘We have got some games to catch up on, so we can really focus on getting a few points.’

Next month Pompey will travel to Crystal Palace in the FA Women’s Cup fourth round.

The London side beat Premier League northern division side Derby 2-0 on Sunday.

Jenny Kikomeko hit both goals for Palace, who play in the London & South East Regional League.

The Blues are looking forward their trip to the capital and will be determined to continue their good form.

They will not be taking Palace lightly, though.

Northeast said: ‘Crystal Palace pulled off a bit of a shock against Derby.

‘I watched the video and they had a good, noisy crowd for the game.

‘Our players will be up for it.

‘We have to concentrate on our own game and hopefully we will progress.

‘It’s a bit closer to home than Derby.

‘So we are hoping we can take quite a few fans.’