RECENT improvements were rocked back as City of Portsmouth lost 4-0 at Gillingham in Hampshire League division one.
Rob Boswell felt the visitors paid for failing to convert their good opportunities at key times in the match.
While Gillingham took their chances.
The City captain said: ‘Gillingham were a decent side but we need to be more clinical in the opposition D and with our short corners.
‘Gillingham had plenty of the ball but didn’t create many clear-cut chances in open play.
‘But they converted from two short corners.
‘That can be the difference in this league.’
City were rocked when Sam Murray went off injured early on, leaving them with no more substitutes.
The unbeaten league-leaders then pressed on to get the victory.
City of Portsmouth ladies won 6-2 at Eastleigh in Hampshire League division two.
And captain Katie Spooner believes their promotion charge is now back on track.
She said: ‘There was some great defending work and passages of play throughout.
‘Our promotion aim is back on.’
Goalkeeper Harriet Read pulled off a save to deny the hosts as City started slowly.
Eastleigh went ahead before Clair Hamson equalised for City with a lovely shot.
After the break, City’s second goal came from some fine play between player-of-the-match Ellie McMaster and Lauren Stewart who slotted the ball into the goal.
City conceded a second but pushed on to win comfortably.
McMaster smashed in the third goal and Becky Clay netted with a great deflection.
Spooner smacked in the fifth goal before Clay slammed the ball high into the net for number six.
City men’s second team lost 6-0 to Poole in Hampshire League division three, while the third team lost 3-2 to Havant fifth team in division six with Dave Thomas and George Berks netting.
The fourth team were beaten 5-2 by Yateley fifths in division 10.
Michelle Hughes scored but the ladies’ second team lost 4-1 to Chichester fourths in Hampshire League division five.
Sam Pratt was named player of the match.
– DAVID JOHNS