Promotion-chasing City crush Haslemere

Ellie McMaster
Ellie McMaster
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SIX of the best from City of Portsmouth Women saw them crush hosts Haslemere seconds 6-2 in Hampshire League division two.

City are currently second, six points clear of their nearest chasers Eastleigh as they go for promotion to division one.

Kate Green teed up returning player Jenny Turvey-Warner to net the first goal in great style from a reverse stick shot.

Becky Clay slotted her first into the net after a great run down the line from Ellie McMaster.

New player Megan Dossett led a good City attack, from which they were awarded their first penalty corner of the match.

Captain Katie Spooner slotted home for 3-0.

Haslemere got one back before McMaster restored the three-goal margin with a good solo strike after taking on the goalkeeper.

Clay got her second after the break and McMaster then pounced on a rebound off the post to double her tally as well.

Haslemere got a late consolation.

Player of the match was awarded to Frankie Tarren for her sterling defending.

Captain Spooner said: ‘I must give a massive thank you to Meri Westlake who stepped up from the seconds to play in goal while Harriet Read is recovering from injury.

‘Meri made some cracking saves and you could always hear her calls to mark!’

City seconds lost 10-3 to Fleet & Ewshot seconds in division five.

Michelle Hughes scored twice for Portsmouth, while Danni Francis got the other goal.

The City of Portsmouth men’s first team saw their match with Weymouth postponed.

It wasn’t the best day for the seconds who lost 3-1 at New Forest in Hampshire League division three.

Man of the match Alan Ball scored for City.

The thirds drew 2-2 with Fareham seventh team in division six.

Both of City’s goals came from man-of-the-match George Berks.

City men’s stars lost 5-1 at Alton fourth team in division 10.