In what was a highly contested game Pompey sealed all three points at Petersfield FC on a glorious Wednesday evening with two second half goals.
From the off Pompey played their normal physical game and made several attempts in the early stages to try and get in behind the Lewes defence. In the early exchanges both teams could have taken the lead, Kirstie Spice headed narrowly wide after some good work down the flanks and Portsmouth’s Sarah Kempson drilled in a low shot for Michelle Beazley to pull off a fine save. Lewes continued to battle hard and probably had the best chance of the game when Spice picked the ball up just outside the box and beat the oncoming defender only to see her shot diverted past the post by another. Lewes were also denied a penalty when Spice was tripped up in the box much to their frustration the Ref waved away any objections. Both sides continued to trade the odd chance but Beazley and Blakely stood resolute in their goals. Portsmouth’s Charlie Wilson was a thorn in Lewes side as her never day die attitude chasing balls down and anticipating the long ball over the top saw her make it a tough half for the Lewes’s defence.
The second half started in the same vein with a quick tempo and a real battle for both teams albeit Lewes stepped up their passing and had more possession, Portsmouth always looked threatening but their attacks were seen off by some great goalkeeping by Beazley. However the deadlock was broken by Portsmouth in the 70th minute from a wide free kick taken by Quinn which avoided everyone in the box and finding its way into the top far corner. This set back spurred Lewes on as they pushed hard for a deserved equaliser. Once again they were denied another penalty shout for a Portsmouth platen hand ball, the ref waving away the protests from the Lewes players. The game was put out of reach in the dying seconds when Sarah Kempson found room in the middle of the park to launch a spectacular shot from 35 yards out. Lewes will be frustrated that they didn’t take their chances but they were as always a stubborn side to play against.
Manager John Donoghue was full of praise for his side ‘ I thought we played well tonight on a poor surface and we were very unlucky not to get at least one of the penalty shouts. The players gave everything and that’s is all I can ask of them’.
Squad: Beazley, Baker, Thompson, Newton, Palmer, McIntyre, Bennett (Noakes 57) , Howe, Rabson, Heather (Dawson 83) , Spice (Trafford 66)
MVP Chloe Howe
Next up: Sunday 7th Lewes v West Ham at Lewes FC KO 2pm entrance £3 with program