FAWPL Cup Round Three
Pompey arrive at the Pan this Sunday on the back of a
thumping 7-0 defeat away to Blackburn Rovers in the SSE Women’s FA Cup. By all
accounts the score was anything but a fair reflection of the game, and Lewes
manager John Donoghue won’t pay too much attention to the numbers.
‘Portsmouth are a proud side with a lot of quality players.
They will want to put that result behind them and to progress in this
competition’, said Donoghue.
Lewes know only too well how tough the Northern Division can
be, having come through 2-1 away to Huddersfield Town, themselves the first
side to beat Blackburn this season.
Last season saw two epic encounters, both under the midweek
lights. First, Lewes travelled to Gosport where they found themselves 4-0 down
before half time. They fought back with goals from Dani Lane, Kelly Newton and
Tammy Waine, going down 4-3. At the Pan, Lewes dominated but couldn’t convert.
Pompey rode their luck and took their chances, one Lisa Fulgence, then on loan
from Brighton, bagging a brace to sink the Rookettes 2-1, Chewy Carter on
target for Lewes.
With a number of astute additions this term, including
former Shegull Charley Boswell, this looks to be the strongest side out of
Hampshire since the Blues topped the FAWPL Table at the end of the 2014/ 15
Familiar face Sam Quayle tops the scoring charts with 11,
backed up by Shannon Albuery (ex West Ham), Molly Clark, Rachel Panting (ex
Maidenhead) and Nat Stephens, each with 5.
In the league, Portsmouth occupy 7th, exactly
mid-table, with 19 points from 12 matches, W6/ D1/ L5. Those wins include a 3-2
victory over Lewes last November, a score-line that perhaps flattered Lewes
rather than the home side.
Lewes ‘keeper Faye Baker is looking forward to the contest.
‘We didn’t do ourselves justice last time. We’re all looking forward to this
‘We have unfinished business with Pompey ‘added Katie
McIntyre, scorer of a sensational winner last Sunday. ‘We don’t like losing.
We’ll be looking to put things right.’
John Donoghue shared his thoughts before
“It’s fair to say we didn’t play well against them last time out and they
deserved their win. We took our time to get going (v Huddersfield) after a long
break, we’ll be working hard this week to make sure we are at the races from
the first whistle on Sunday.
I’m happy with our progress in the FA Cup but
we want to do well in this (FAWPL Cup) too, having won the Plate competition
last year. Every game is important at this stage of the season.”
Gates open at 12:30 with kick off at 2pm
Adults £5/ Concessions £3/ Kids under 16 go FREE
Snack hatch and bar will be OPEN