Danni Francis nets twice as Portsmouth 3rds return to winning South Central League ways – women’s hockey round-up

Portsmouth women’s 3rds went nap as they returned to winning ways in South Central League Division 1 Solent.

By Community Sport Reporter
Wednesday, 2nd March 2022, 4:53 pm
Portsmouth 3rds (purple) v Chichester.

Picture: Keith Woodland
Portsmouth 3rds (purple) v Chichester. Picture: Keith Woodland

Danni Francis opened the scoring within the first five minutes with Jane Noble adding a second following an Amy Rook pass.

It was 3-0 when Francis converted a penalty following a foot on the line.

Despite fine defending by Miranda Cooper, Leah Riddy and Olivia Harridine, Chichester hit back twice. But goals from Carol Rutter and a second from Rook sealed a 5-2 victory.

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Portsmouth 3rds (purple) v Chichester. Picture: Keith Woodland

Portsmouth 1sts travelled to third-placed Haslemere in South Central Premier Division 2 with just the bare 11 players due to half-term holidays.

They were further hit by the late withdrawals of Jenny Turvey-Warnes and Katie Spooner.

The hosts scored twice in each half for a 4-0 success.

Megan Cledwyn was awarded the player of the match award as Portsmouth 3rds suffered a 5-0 Division 2 South drubbing against Bournemouth.

Portsmouth 3rds (purple) v Chichester. Picture: Keith Woodland

There was some determined defending by Andrea Barnes, Amy Durnford and Kathryn Puttock as Portsmouth 4ths were caned 5-0 by Havant 5ths in Division 2 Solent.

Nicky Roch put Portsmouth 5ths ahead in their Division 3 Solent fixture with Gosport Borough 2nds. But that was as good as it got as Borough hit back to win 5-1 despite the efforts of Ruby Grindley, Amelia Munro and Gemma English.

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Portsmouth 3rds (purple) v Chichester. Picture: Keith Woodland
Portsmouth 3rds (purple) v Chichester. Picture: Keith Woodland
Portsmouth 3rds (purple) v Chichester. Picture: Keith Woodland
Chichester celebrate a goal in t heir 5-2 loss to Portsmouth 3rds Picture: Keith Woodland