City's women defeated in top of the table clash
City of Portsmouth women had a dent put in their promotion push, after losing 5-0 away to New Forest
City of Portsmouth Women's 1s had an early start in the New Forest against the recently crowned champions, with vital points on offer in their bid to secure promotion.
New Forest pressed hard and were awarded a goal within the first 10 mins. City had a few flares off possession which maintained the 1-0 deficit until just before half time when New Forest were awarded a penalty corner in which they capitalised to send City into half-time trailing 2-0.
City pressed hard and put pressure on the hosts defence however the hosts penalty corner routines lead them to the victory with another three goals in the second half.
Man of the match was jointly awarded to Ellie McMaster for her great runs down the line and to Emily Butcher for her top form defending.
Captain Katie Spooner said after the game: "A massive thank you to Sarah Bamford for stepping up and going in goal as Harriet Read is now out for the rest of the season. Sarah had a cracking game and made some great saves!"
"We have two games in a double header next weekend to secure our promotion, let's do this as a team ladies for the love of City and each other as a team! It's all in our hands!"