Portsmouth Valkyries enjoy derby win at Havant Ladies

Havant's Daisy Atkinson is stopped in her tracks by Sandy Newsham. Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Havant's Daisy Atkinson is stopped in her tracks by Sandy Newsham. Picture: Ian Hargreaves
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Portsmouth Valkyries enjoyed derby delight with a 29-19 win against rivals Havant Ladies 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.’