A treble from Nigeria international Ini Umotong helped inspire Pompey Ladies to a good 5-2 victory at Plymouth on Sunday.
The striker profited from some excellent team approach play as she fired three goals and could even have had more.
Molly Clark and Jess Frampton were also on target as Perry Northeast’s side made it six wins from seven FA Premier League southern division matches this season.
It was a return to action after the mini break since they played QPR on September 30.
Also it was a welcome chance to get back to events on the field after all the talk about the exits of long-serving duo Charley Wilson and Sadie Blakely.
Umotong’s goals showed her instinctive finishing ability.
She will always back herself and she took her goals very wellPerry Northeast
It was that quality that saw her scoring freely last season to fire her way to a World Cup call-up.
Her contribution to the team’s good form this season had come from leading the line well and playing an unselfish role for the side.
The goals hadn’t flowed so freely but that changed with three impressive one-touch strikes against Plymouth.
Northeast said: ‘Ini doesn’t struggle with a lack of confidence.
‘She will always back herself and she took her goals very well.
‘They were all within the 18-yard box and all one-touch finishes so that’s great.
‘If we can work on her one on ones as well that will help.
‘She took three of about five or six chances.
‘We know we can work on her finishing more as well and she will be doing even more damage.
‘Ini is an instinct player. She knows where the ball is going to fall in the box.
‘It is always great for a striker to score a hat-trick.
‘Other players have been chipping in with goals so the pressure hasn’t been on her to score. We had no worries about her form.’
Umotong struck twice in the first half.
Both times she was positioned in the right place in the area and within an instant the ball was in the back of the net.
Plymouth got one back in the second half but Pompey kicked on again.
Clark netted with a neat finish and Frampton cracked home a right-foot strike into the top corner after a corner.
Umotong completed her treble before Plymouth got a second goal but Pompey had done enough and their style of play pleased the manager.
Northeast added: ‘We were passing the ball around in a very similar way to how we were against QPR.
‘On another day we could have had a couple more possibly.
‘Our pass completion rate was higher than it has been.
‘Everybody did their bit in their area of the field.’
Pompey Ladies host Brighton at Privett Park on Sunday (2pm).