City clinch promotion with nervy derby win
City of Portsmouth women secured their second successive promotion with a 2-1 comeback win away to local rivals Fareham
City of Portsmouth women took on Fareham away on Sunday in a re-arranged fixture, with a minimum result of a draw needed to clinch promotion.
City started the game slowly, due in no small part to the team celebrating at the clubs end of season dinner, which allowed Fareham to take an early advantage and go 1-0 up to stun the visitors.
This proved to be the wake up call required for City, who then stepped up and started showing the sort of form that got them into the promotion chase. There were many chances in the first half for the visitors but they were unable to capitalise.
At half-time, the team were able to give themselves the required kick up the backside that was needed, which clearly worked as City won a flurry of penalty corners. With Emily Butcher smashing one in the back of the net to draw the scores level at 1-1.
The pressure started to show for City, and with both teams playing their second match of the weekend there were a lot of tired legs showing on the pitch from both teams. Within the last quarter of the game City pressed hard once more, and after some pressure in the D, Captain Spooner slotted the winner home to make the final score 2-1, and clinch promotion for City for the second season running.
Man of the match was jointly awarded to Emily Butcher and Frankie Tarren for their excellent defending skills, and Frankie for driving from Bradford this morning specially to play the final game.
An elated captain Spooner said after the game: "A massive thank you to everyone who came and supported today, you guys cheering at the sideline made it for us all. What a way to wrap up another great season ladies, we did it in true style! Up the pink army!"