Pompey Ladies set out to impress Fratton crowd

Charley Wilson on the attack against Keynsham. Pic: Jordan Hampton
Charley Wilson on the attack against Keynsham. Pic: Jordan Hampton
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Pompey Ladies are hoping to impress a big crowd when they take on Spurs at Fratton Park tomorrow.

It’s a huge occasion for the club – the first time a ladies’ league match has been staged at the famous venue.

Many of the players are Pompey fans and it will be the realisation of a dream for them.

Joint Blues manager Perry Northeast is expecting it to be an emotional occasion.

He’s promising everyone who attends will see a full-blooded contest.

The Blues are in great form, with three wins on the bounce and 21 goals scored in those matches.

They will hope to continue that against Spurs and put on a show for the fans.

‘We are hoping for a big crowd,’ said Northeast.

‘The players won’t disappoint them either.

‘They will show their passion for the club.

‘The fans will see plenty of effort and determination.

‘We have lots of homegrown talent in the squad.

‘Players who have grown up in Portsmouth and played for the club all their lives.

‘They have waited their whole life for this moment – and probably never thought it would come.

‘I don’t think they will realise the magnitude of it until after they have actually played.

‘When they first step out on the pitch it will be overwhelming.

‘But they are all very professional and won’t let the occasion get to them in terms of performance.’

Goals from Lauren Murphy, Gemma Hillier and Sarah Kempson helped the Blues beat Keynsham 3-2 last weekend.

That followed a 13-1 county cup win against Widbrook and a 5-1 dismantling of Lewes in the league.

Those results ensure the ladies are in good form ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Spurs.

Northeast said: ‘We are going into it with a bit more confidence now.

‘We have had positive results and won each game in a different way.

‘When we really turn the screw we can give an exceptional performance.

‘We have also shown we can grind out a win when we need to.’

Pompey Ladies are hugely grateful for the way they have been made to feel a big part of things at Fratton this season.

That has turned around since the Pompey Supporters’ Trust took ownership and club ambassador Alan Knight has really supported the ladies.

It’s now a very strong relationship, as tomorrow’s game at Fratton Park highlights.

Northeast said: ‘As a club we cannot quite believe the support and enthusiasm that Portsmouth, as a parent club, have given us this season.

‘It’s a bit overwhelming.’

Entrance is £5 for adults and £1 for concessions while a family ticket, for two adults and two children, costs £10. Tickets are on sale on the day.