AFC Portchester vs Rushmoor (A)
4th February 2023
Sometimes, we have to be honest, and Sunday wasn’t our best performance. But that’s football for you; these games are necessary at times.
We started off slowly and made many wrong choices in our final ball. We were forcing the final pass and didn’t seem to play the simple, effective passing football we are known for. That’s not to say we didn’t play well at times; we did and dominated the majority of the game.
We took the lead from a ball played out to Nat on the left wing, who crossed into the box. A perfectly cushioned pass from Sara set the ball nicely for Crewe-Way to pick out the top left corner from 25 yards, leaving the Rushmoor keeper no chance.
We quickly added a second goal from good pressure from True, causing problems in the Rushmoor defense, and Hall-Guy, in-form, slotting the ball home and taking her chance well. We were put under pressure by the Rushmoor forwards, who had both pace and a break from Rushmoor's number 33, but a good save from Roberts kept the score at 2-0. Rushmoor were effective on the break with their pace, but our defence remained calm, composed, and dealt with them well.
Currie then took a corner, and at the far post, Crewe-way bagged her second, making it 3-0 at halftime.
At halftime, during the team talk, we knew we needed to up our game and do what Portchy does best: pass the ball around and make better choices in our distribution.
Another set-piece led to Crewe-way heading in her third goal, securing her hat-trick.
Rushmoor managed a well-taken goal from number 23, leaving the final score 4-1 in favor of Portchy.
Massive credit to Rushmoor, always a delight to play, and we'll see them at home in a few weeks' time.
AFC Portchester Development Vs City Ladies (H)
We came into Sunday facing the same opponents of last week. So knew we had a tough test against fellow title challengers ahead of us. After last weeks game being abandoned due to a neck injury to Kally Ambler. It was great too see it was nothing to serious and she was back into the squad. We also welcome new Signing Liz Morgan into the team for her Portchester debut.
We started the game really positively and began to dominate the half. Our first attack came from a through ball down the middle by Lisa Mills to Shania Moore who's shot was then deflected for a corner and narrowly headed over the bar.
We started to see a lot of positive play down the left wing with Chloe Nichols making a great run through the city ladies defence forcing another corner which led to goalmouth scramble, Portchester unlucky not to score.
As the Half was nearing an end, Liz Morgan stepped up to take her first free kick of the game this was looped into the box for Kally Ambler to flick on and into the net 1-0 Portchester 37 min.
We started the second half strong, City ladies continued to try and play from the back and as we kept the pressure on for their goal kick Harlie Jones intercepted a short pass to their back 4 and slotted past the keeper. 2 -0 Portchester 57 mins.
The next 20 City ladies really began to turn the game on its head. Although Porchester had looked comfortable the whole game, a comeback by city was truly on. We were slow to pick up on a few quick throw ins and saw city score 2 goals in quick concession in the 70th - 75th minute. They then went ahead from a corner completing a second half comeback with 10 minutes to go. 3-2 city ladies.
With 10 minutes to go we regain possession, the ball falls to Kally Ambler outside of the box and with a wonder-strike she scores her second of the game making it 3-3.
The game then continued to be a nervy end to end. City Ladies then again made use of their quick throw ins and took the lead again on the 86th minute.
With our last attack of the game. Liz Morgan steps up to drive a free kick into the box again it goes high and is deflected off a city defender to make it 4-4.
We end the game 4-4 certainly a game off two halves and a lot to take onboard for the rest of the season.
FT – 4 AFC Portchester Development – 4 City Ladies