City sit top of the tree going into Christmas

City of Portsmouth's Chris Palmer. Picture: Keith Woodland
City of Portsmouth's Chris Palmer. Picture: Keith Woodland
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CITY of Portsmouth’s men’s team sit five points clear at the top of Hampshire division one after they defeated Salisbury 3-0.

Goals from Chris Palmer, Ivan Boswell and Stu Avery handed them victory – giving the side plenty to be positive about going into the Christmas break.

The game started with high intensity from both sides, but it was City who broke the deadlock well into the first half.

Palmer netted the rebound after Pete Hayward’s shot was parried by the visiting keeper.

The second half began with the normal aggressive intensity from Portsmouth.

And the home side were rewarded when Boswell slid in for a cute tap-in at the far post.

Boswell continued to trouble the Sailsbury defence and he lobbed the keeper from a seemingly impossible angle to set up Avery at the far post for his goal.

City had the chance to do the double over their Wiltshire rivals when the second team made the trip the other way.

However, they were unable to replicate the heroics of the first team as they fell to a 4-0 defeat.

City travelled with a weakened side, and despite some solid defending they conceded from a short corner on the stroke of half-time.

A questionable goal saw Salisbury double their lead in the second half, before two further goals cemented the result.

The Portsmouth man-of-the-match award was won by debutant Theo Simpson for a solid performance at left back.

The City of Portsmouth ladies’ first team travelled to Andover, where they shared the points following a 1-1 draw.

Meanwhile, the ladies’ twos suffered a disappointing 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Alton.

The hosts started well with lots of possession and breaking runs from midfield.

And their positivity was rewarded when Michelle Hughes scored from an acute angle to give City a deserved lead.

Unfortunately, the seconds were not able to hold the advantage, with Alton drawing level before the break.

The visitors had City under pressure from the start of the second half and took control by netting a further three goals 

Danni Francis was named City’s player of the match for her effort and work-rate.