Portsmouth go nap in comfortable Hampshire Women’s League victory
Katie Spooner struck twice as Portsmouth 1sts went nap against Hampshire Women’s League Premier Division strugglers Bournemouth 2nds at Furze Lane.
The Dorset club arrived with just one win to their name in 13 matches, and third-placed Portsmouth opened up a 3-0 half-time advantage.
Sam Hassell broke the deadlock from a short corner before Spooner finished off good work from Jenny Turvey.
Spooner repaid the compliment, setting up Turvey to make it 3-0.
Spooner grabbed her second and Portsmouth wrapped up victory through a Zoe Wimshurst strike.
The 2nds are now seven points adrift of the Hampshire Division 2 promotion places after a 5-0 caning at Southampton University.
And the 3rds failed to take the chance to close the gap on the top two in Division 4, crashing 4-1 to second-placed Fleet & Ewshot.
That was still a slight improvement on the away game at Fleet, which Portsmouth lost 4-0 in early October.
Lowly Portsmouth 4ths knew they would be up against it at home to Division 5 table-toppers Alton 2nds.
And so it proved, as Alton sped into a 6-1 half-time lead - and that after Beatrice Gall had opened the scoring for Portsmouth.
The second half was shared 1-1, with Michelle Hughes scoring for the hosts.
Alton had many more shots but player of the match Lucy Burden-Smith's incredible workrate kept them at bay for most of the half.
Portsmouth 5ths suffered a ninth Division 7 loss in 10 games, going down 6-1 at home to Fleet & Ewshot.