Pompey Ladies will be back stronger than ever

Nadine Bazan has been praised for her efforts for the Pompey Ladies' cause Picture: Michael Huff
Nadine Bazan has been praised for her efforts for the Pompey Ladies' cause Picture: Michael Huff
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Pompey Ladies will be back with a bang when they return to action at the end of this month.

The players have been using their weather-enforced break to train harder to ensure they are in better shape than ever.

After a very positive start to the season, it means they will be an even tougher force to be reckoned with during the coming months.

Strength and conditioning coach Jason Campbell has been delighted with the attitude and determination of the squad.

The players and staff haven’t allowed the rain that has washed away so many of their recent games to dampen their spirits.

They continue to be focused on the task ahead, with their next match at home to Mossley Hill in the league cup on November 30.

Campbell said: ‘It’s about being positive.

‘The players are training hard.

‘We cannot take any negatives out of the recent break from games.

‘We are preparing for our next match on November 30 in the league cup.

‘This break is a chance for us to work them even harder.

‘When we return to action the team will be stronger than we were when we played Plymouth.’

The positive attitude of the senior players, like Charley Wilson, Sarah Kempson, Gemma Hillier, Nadine Bazan, Molly Clark and Leeta Rutherford, has been a big example for the youngsters coming through at the club.

They all put in the hard yards in training and some of the youth team have been given the chance to train alongside them.

‘We have had between three and five under-18s invited to train with the first team each week,’ said Campbell.

‘They can see what is expected of them when they make the step up.

‘It is a chance to train alongside the players they see wearing the Pompey shirt – players they admire.

‘We pair them up, so we put a left-back with Nadine Bazan.

‘Nadine is a freak of nature. She is one of the fittest athletes I have ever met.

‘They can see how hard she works.

‘During a game she makes it look effortless but that’s down to the amount of work she puts in behind the scenes.’

Pompey finished fourth in the league last season and enjoyed an excellent run to the quarter-finals of the FA Women’s Cup.

This season the players are looking to build on that.

‘Last season they were so close in everything. They had a taste of everything,’ added Campbell.

‘The players now want to push on to the next level.

‘They are focused on what they want to achieve. They are hungry to win.

‘It’s a really good atmosphere and a really good place to be.’