POMPEY vs STEVENAGE PREVIEW

Posted: October 21, 2014 by frattonfaithful in Uncategorized

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By Lee Wiggins

The Blues are back at Fratton Park tonight for the League Two clash against Stevenage.

Pompey currently sit 14th in the table and are above Stevenage on goal difference. But the Pompey boss is looking to end their current form of late with a win over Boro.

The Pompey boss has Paul Robinson and Jack Whatmough for selection after recovering from their injuries. Plus James Dunne is also available for selection after serving his one match ban against Bury at the weekend. It could also see Conor Chaplin on the bench after he penned his first professional contract yesterday for the Blues.

But Craddock, East, Webster, Fogden and Webster are all still sidelined, with their injuries.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have only met twice in the League previous to this game, and only managed to pick up a point in the goalless draw in April 2013 (League One) at Fratton Park.

That missing something for Pompey

Posted: October 14, 2014 by frattonfaithful in Uncategorized

By Steve Farquhar

After a promising start to the season, Pompey seem to have fallen into somewhat of a slump.

Four consecutive draws in the league with only two goals scored leave the blues mid-way down League 2 in 12th place.

A home defeat to Northampton in the Football League trophy thwarting one of the potential roads to our second home, Wembley.

Although this is no disaster and a whole lot more positive than previous seasons, it does appear we are lacking the attacking threat which was so prevalent under Andy Awford in the tail end of last season.

On those occasions it was largely the 4-2-3-1 formation which led a rampant Pompey side to five straight wins after Awford had replaced Ritchie Barker.

Ricky Holmes provided a number of assists and looked a constant threat out wide with Danny Hollands proving to be somewhat of a goal scorer notching a hat trick on the final day of the season in the 3 – 3 draw with Plymouth.

From what was one of the most enjoyable run of games for years, Pompey’s squad has since been strengthened including the additions of Nigel Atangana, James Dunne and Craig Westcarr. The latter having scored 17 goals in League One the previous season.

So why the lack of goals?

In my opinion, the player most missed this season is Tom Craddock.
I’m joking of course. In my (honest) opinion, our biggest loss has been Wes Fogden.

Last season, Fogden’s determination, work rate and continuous hassling of the opposition lifted not only the Fratton faithful but the blues players alongside him.
His high intensity style of play drew mistakes from below par opposition and his determination to chase lost causes created numerous openings.
The sooner he returns to the fold the better, however I worry this could be a while yet.

In the meantime it is up to the current bunch to lift their game starting with a tough away fixture at Bury (a game I would happily take a draw in).

I must add I am by no means negative about our hopes this season and strongly believe we can, and should win promotion.

The defence appears a lot stronger with the much improved Joe Devera and temporary addition of Paul Robinson who seems ideal for League Two (although I am still waiting for this ‘battering’ he promises and losing a lot of money to Paddy Power in the process).

I may not be debt free, but at least the club are.

Play Up Pompey!

Seven up for Pompey as Umatong helps Pompey through.

Posted: October 12, 2014 by leerobertsmedia in Uncategorized

Portsmouth Ladies smashed seven goals past Larkhall Athletic to reach the second round of the premier league cup. Ini Umatong was the hero as she scored a hat trick.

Pompey were unbeaten since August coming into this game and it was they who made the early running, Jess Frampton drew an early save out of Niki O’Connel. It took the hosts eleven minutes to create a real chance, Elidgh Currey on the left side crossed the ball low, Ini Imatong and Charley Wilson were furthest forward, Imatong did well to duck out if the way and WILSON had two touches of the ball before beating O’Connel at her near post to give Portsmouth the lead.

It didn’t take long for Larkhall to level, EMILY HANNINGTON crossed the ball deep from the right side, the ball sailed over Sadie Blakley’s head despite her best efforts to keep it out, and after twenty minutes the teams were level once more.
The game continued to ebb and flow both teams were creating good chances, on the half hour mark Umatong had the ball in the net, a through ball from midfield saw her one on one with the keeper and as both players collided the ball rolled forward and over the line, the referee though was very quick to disallow the goal. With the half professing quickly it appeared to be heading for a draw at half time however just before the break the Hampshire side scored again, a corner from the right was deep and as the ball was cleared out MOLLY CLARKE was able to control the ball before hitting an unstoppable volley into the net.

HALF TIME
PORTSMOUTH LADIES 2 LARKHALL LADIES 1

With Larkhall not having any subs fitness threatened to play a part in proceedings, Pompey started the brighter in the half, SHANNON SEIVWRIGHT from five yards away from the left corner flag scored a carbon copy of the visitors goal as she hit the ball over the keepers head from an near impossible angle to give the hosts a two goal lead three minuites after the break. Three quickly became four, as minuites later Wilson cut the ball back from the by line, UMATONG was on hand to slide in and connecting sweetly with the ball she was able to watch as it went in.

Sixty five minuites were on the clock when Portsmouth won a corner, Clark swung it in and UMATONG was there again to meet it with a fine header that left O’Connell with no chance. The one league difference was beginning to show, the home side were showing no mercy and continued to look for more goals, fifteen minuites remained when the gap widened further, Umatong was unselfish as she ran to the by line, she spotted SEIVERIGHT on the penalty spot and was able to get the ball to the midfielder where it was hit home with aplomb.

The game had moments left when UMATONG finally got her hat trick, the midfield played a straight through ball and Umatong was there to take 3 touches before picking her spot past O’Connell.

FULL TIME
PORTSMOUTH LADIES 7 LARKALL ATHLETIC 1

POMPEY LADIES TEAM
Sadie Blakley, Tiff Taylor, Elidh Currie , Jodie Goodall, Leeta Rutherford, (Chloe dark 56 mins) Ellie Bloomfield, Molly Clark, Shannon Seivwright, Jess Frampton (Nadine Bazan 67 mins) , Charley Wilson (Gemma Hillier 67 mins), Ini Umatong

SUBS NOT USED
Sarah Kempson
Lucy Quinn

GOAL SCORERS AND TIMES
INI UMATONG. X3 52, 65, 90 mins
SHANNON SEIVWRIGHT X2 48, 74 mins
MOLLY CLARK 45+ mins
CHARLEY WILSON 12 mins

POMPEY vs MANSFIELD PREVIEW

Posted: October 10, 2014 by frattonfaithful in Uncategorized

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It`s back to league action tomorrow, when the Blues host Mansfield Town at Fratton Park.

Pompey look to end their run of three straight league draws, two of which were goalless, with a win over The Stags who sit one point behind the blues in fifteenth place on the table.

Joe Devera looks set to return to the starting lineup after recovering from a stomach bug that saw him replaced just eight minutes of the first half of the Cup game on Tuesday night. But Adam Webster, who replaced Devera will be sidelined for this game after picking up a Knee injury which forced him off during Tuesday`s Cup game.

Michael Drennan faces a late fitness test on his Calf injury.

The Pompey boss has revealed that Miles Storey is lacking confidence at the moment and that`s why we haven`t seen him on the team sheet.

HEAD TO HEAD

Although the two sides have now met just five times leading up to this game, one being a cup game which ended 2-1 to the Blues. Pompey have yet to beat them in the league. Last season it ended 1-1 at Fratton Park and 2-2 Field Mill.

Hillier at the double as Pompey go top

Posted: October 9, 2014 by leerobertsmedia in Uncategorized

Gemma Hillier scored twice as Portsmouth Ladies went top of the league after a three nil win over Lewes Ladies last night.

After a hard fought point away at Tottenenham in their last game Pompey started the game in Sussex well, Charley Wilson was running at the home defence in the opening moments but the defence were holding firm determined to make a decent game of it.

The opening minutes passed and on eight minutes Katie Mcytyre delivered a deep corner, however under pressure Sadie Blakey punched the ball away. Lewes were starting to assert themselves in the game, Kirstie Spice was finding space down the near side wing to embark on runs, Jess Frampton though was making expertly timed tackles to keep the game scoreless.

Lewes continued to attack and gained a series of corners however they were being cleared, as the corner was cleared yet again the visitors broke, Wilson picked the ball up on the halfway line, after a ten yard run she passed the ball to GEMMA HILLIER, after two touches to compose herself she slotted the ball past Michelle Beazley to give Portsmouth the lead on 16 minutes.

The rooks struggled to push forward after conceding and Pompey attacked again, Lewes gave the ball to Lucy Qyinn but her through ball to Hillier didn’t find the mark and the ball was cleared, the side from the dripping pan had a let off on twenty six minutes when Wilson ran onto a straight pass, despite appearing to start her run two yards onside the flag went up and the save that followed by Beazley counted for nothing. Both teams exchanged chances and with thirteen minuites left of the half Sadie Blakley made yet another wonder save, a corner from the near side wasn’t dealt with by Portsmouth, the ball dropped to Mcyntyre who shot the ball towards the bottom right corner of the goal, however Blakley suddenly dived to her right to get something on the shot and divert the ball out.

Half time
LEWES LADIES 0 PORTSMOUTH LADIES 1

With the wind starting to pick up, the second half got underway, the blue shirted players almost grabbed a second,Quinn on the near touch line ran towards goal , her cross was a good one but Shannon Sieveright was just unable to get on the end of it. Manager Perry Northeast decided to make a change on the hour mark, Ini Umatong was introduced in place if Seivwright, her impact was immediate as she ran at the defence it took a well timed tackle from Katie Baker to stop her In her tracks.

Twenty minuites remained in the game when Portsmouth got their second goal, a pass forward by the visitors was called by Beazley however she spilt the ball out of her grasp straight to HILLIER who had time to turn, look up the hit the ball into the empty net.

Lewes heads visibly dropped as they had to come from two down to get back into the game, the gap was widened however on seventy nine minutes, Portsmouth crossed the ball into the area, it wasn’t dealt with and UMATONG was on hand to stab home from three yards out to put the game beyond doubt.

FULL TIME

LEWES LADIES 0 PORTSMOUTH LADIES 3

Pompey ladies team

Sadie Blakley, Jess Frampton, Nadine Bazan, Jodie Goodall, Leeta Rutherford, Shannon Seivwright (Ini Umatong 59) Sarah Kempson (Ellie Bloomfied 74), Chloe Dark (Molly Clark 70) , Gemma Hillier, Charley Wilson, Lucy Quinn

SUBS NOT USED
Elidgh Currie,

Match report by Lee Roberts

Pompey ladies battle to draw.

Posted: October 5, 2014 by leerobertsmedia in Uncategorized

Pompey ladies had to come from behind to earn a hard fought point away at Tottenham Hotspur.

The blues were looking to make it six wins in a row as they travelled to Ware FC, however they struggled to create clear cut chances in the opening ten minutes, Molly Clark had the best early chance when unmarked she could only hit the ball high over the bar.

Portsmouth had another chance on fourteen minutes, Lucy Quinn embarked on a trademark run down the right wing, her inside pass to Ellie Bloomfield saw the midfielder shoot at goal but it was easily saved by Toni Ann-Wayne in the home goal.

The next quarter of an hour passed with a midfield battle brewing, however on thirty three minuites Spurs grabbed a goal that had been coming, LUCIN PADILLA collected the ball towards the right of the away penalty area and running across the area she beat two Portsmouth players before precisely slotting the ball out of the reach of Sadie Blakley in goal.

With three minutes remaining of the half Leeta Rutherford went into the referees book as she brought down a white shirted player as the hosts were breaking forward.

HALF TIME
SPURS 1 POMPEY 1

With manager Perry Northeast’s words still ringing in their ears the south coast side set about getting an equaliser, a neat three pass move involving Gemma Hillier, Bloomfield and Bazan ended up in the latter forcing Ann-Wynn into a diving save. Just after the fifty minuite mark Tiff Taylor’s perfect sliding tackle denied Tottenham a certain goal.

The game was swinging one way then the other when Sarah Kempson found herself one on one with the goal keeper, however her goal scoring touch eluded her this time and the ball went over the bar. With Portsmouth committing players forward Tottenham suddenly broke, Avilla Bergin drew the best out of Blakley forcing the Portsmouth number one into a wonder save, Bergin hit the ball towards the right of the goal but Blakley was equal to it beating the ball away when it seemed certain to be two nil.

That save proved crucial when with ten minutes remaining Tiff Taylor had the ball on the right hand side if the pitch five yards infield, Taylor hit the ball low and hard across the area where KATE O’LEARY could only divert the ball into her own net for a Pompey equaliser.

The goal pushed Portsmouth on, they gained a free kick 10 yards outside the hosts penalty area, Kempson stepped up and hit the left post with the keeper well beaten.

The game had seconds remaning when Rutherford was sent off for a second book able offence, pulling a spurs player back as she ran in on goal.

FULL TIME

TOTTENHAM LADIES 1 PORTSMOUTH FC LADIES 1

Match report by
Lee Roberts

Hammers beaten as Pompey go top

Posted: September 29, 2014 by leerobertsmedia in Uncategorized

A great all round performance against West Ham on Sunday and superb hat-trick by Charley Wilson was enough to give Portsmouth FC Ladies all three points to put them top of the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division

Although Portsmouth dominated possession for the first half it took until the 15th min for the first chance to come but it was worth the wait. Lucy Quinn floated a great corner from the right into the six yard box where CHARLEY WILSON rose above everyone to powerfully head into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Pompey.

A couple of half chances came to Molly Clark and Lucy Quinn but the next real opportunity fell to Gemma Hillier, Lucy Quinn made one of her dazzling runs beating 2 or 3 players before slotting in Hillier who didn’t quite catch it well enough to beat the keeper. Portsmouth limited West Ham to only a couple of chances late on in the half both missing the target.

HT WEST HAM UNITED LADIES 0 PORTSMOUTH FC LADIES 1

The 2nd half in contrast to the first was full of goal scoring opportunities as Portsmouth upped the tempo moving the ball quickly and exposing the spaces in the West Ham defence. 10 mins into the half Sarah Kempson received the ball 20 yards out and hit a powerful shot which struck the post and just a minute later Lucy Quinn hit from a similar distance which the GK managed to flick round the post for a corner.
Pompey kept up their relentless pressure with both Quinn and Kempson looking a danger every time they got the ball on the edge of the box. Quinn however turned into provider for the 2nd goal on 62 mins when a fantastic shot from a free kick from all of 30 yards out could only be parried by the West Ham keeper and CHARLEY WILSON fully stretched took advantage of the spill to poke it in for her and Pompey’s 2nd.

Portsmouth continued to pile on the pressure but a counter attack and first real chance of the half for West Ham saw them hit the bar on 75 mins which sparked them into a decent 5 minute spell but the Portsmouth back 5 stood strong and organised to keep the scoreline in tact. Portsmouth finished the game much the stronger side culminating in a really well worked goal on the stroke of full time. Sarah Kempson hit a pin point ball out wide right to Lucy Quinn who travelled well with it before crossing to the nearpost where Ini Umatong, who was making her first team debut from the bench flicked the ball over the GK to the far post where WILSON was again on hand to finish from close range to score her hat trick and secure a well deserved 3-0 win to Portsmouth. After the win Perry northeast spoke saying ” ‘I was pleased today on both the performance and result front. Recently we have beaten teams but not managed to put the game out of oppositions reach when taking the lead. At half time this was the instruction and the players response was excellent in the way they managed the second half.
I was exceptionally happy for Charley as the extra time on the training ground this week has proven to be worthwhile’.

Portsmouth ladies next game is a top of the table clash away at Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday.

Match report by Vanessa Raynbird.