Northeast delight as Pompey reach top

Lucy Quinn. Picture: Mick Young (141097-19)
Lucy Quinn. Picture: Mick Young (141097-19)

Pompey Ladies stand level on points at the top of the table following a fourth straight win.

Perry Northeast’s side defeated Charlton Athletic 2-1 on Sunday to maintain their impressive start to the campaign.

In-form Lucy Quinn was the match-winner, crashing home a 25-yarder on the volley to settle matters.

Earlier, Tiff Taylor’s goal had been cancelled out by the Addicks’ Sam Pittuck.

Then Quinn struck to claim victory and take Pompey joint-top of the FA Women’s Premier League southern division.

Spurs’ superior goal difference ensures they are ahead of Northeast’s side in these early stages.

But the Pompey boss was proud of his players’ latest display.

‘It was a fantastic result in a high-intensity game between two sides who will be in and around the top area of the table at the end of the season,’ said Northeast.

‘We are doing well at the moment, scoring plenty of goals and not conceding any.

‘Some performances are more pleasing than others but all the same we are happy overall.

‘That leaves us joint-top with Spurs on goal difference – and we have got them away from home in a fortnight.

‘The fact Cardiff and Brighton drew with each other on Sunday helped us.

‘They are also going to be there and thereabouts.

‘We have to keep it going, doing our own thing and carrying on with these performances and these results.

‘We have started to develop a bit of a run which makes it harder, with the opposition raising their game, but we have to meet that challenge.

‘Confidence is high but not too high, which is good.

‘We know we can keep clean sheets and score goals.’

Northeast believes there were plenty of ‘heroes’ from their latest victory.

And Quinn was certainly among them with her spectacular winner.

He added: ‘I’m running out of words for Lucy Quinn.

‘Sunday’s goal was one you see once a season.

‘It was a cross situation and they have managed to get it out of the box – but she has sweetly struck a volley from 25 yards with such venom it sailed straight in.

‘She put it down to a bit of beach soccer in the summer but she has once again got us out of a tricky situation.

‘Praise also for the team, who lost Sarah Kempson and Leeta Rutherford for 10 minutes through a clash of heads in the first half.

‘It left us down to nine for a while, so everyone had to shuffle around while the pair had to change shirt, shorts and get bandaged up.

‘They looked in some pain but were screaming to be let back on to the pitch.

‘They are heroes when you see things like that.’

Pompey Ladies travel to West Ham this Sunday.

Julian Dicks manages the Hammers outfit, who sit in fourth spot.