Portsmouth Valkyries enjoy derby win at Havant Ladies
Portsmouth Valkyries enjoyed derby delight with a 29-19 win againstÂ rivalsÂ Havant LadiesÂ at Hooks Lane.
In a hard-fought encounter the visitors had Sandy Newsham sent off in the second half for a high tackle.
Portsmouth were in command during the first half and opened up 17-0 lead by the break.
They were able to capitalise on their dominance, particularly in the scrums.
Chloe Stopard-Baker opened the scoring on 13 minutes and second row forward Amy Dare soon followed up with a second
On the half-hour full-back Izzie Rawlinson stretched the lead with a third try converted by Stoppard-Baker.
The second half started in the same vain with Cheryl Goodwin going under the posts for another Portsmouth try.
At this point Havant launched a fightback and a hat-trick of tries from Abby Pearson got them to within a score of the visitors.
Despite the straight red card for Newsham, Portsmouth sealed the win with a late try by Sophie Roseaman.
Portsmouth coach Mark Witcher was proud of his team.
He said: '˜We deserved the win against tough opponents.
'˜I am proud of the way we dug in after conceding three quick tries late on.
'˜Hopefully the win will help us carry our momentum on for the rest of the season.'