That old familiar feeling as friends reunited cancel each other out

Rebecca Carter scores the only goal for Lewes against Portsmouth, Sep 17 2017 (Photo: James Boyes)

Portsmouth succumbed to a late goal for the second game in succession (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes 1 (Carter 87)
Portsmouth 0

Familiarity  may breed contempt, but it can also breed football stalemates – and that was the perhaps inevitable outcome at the Dripping Pan today as a host of former team-mates marked each other out of a disappointingly scrappy game. Continue reading

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Charlton seal clean sweep against Pompey as they tune up for cup finals

Action from Portsmouth v Charlton Athletic, April 2 2017 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Manager Riteesh Mishra wants Charlton to treat every remaining game this season as a cup final (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Portsmouth 0
Charlton Athletic 3 (Sullivan 20; Dixson 24; Graham 79)

Charlton Athletic limbered up for a month of cup finals with a straightforward victory over an enthusiastic and committed – but inexperienced – Portsmouth side who must be sick of the sight of them by now. Continue reading

Portsmouth Ladies sign formal deal with men’s club

Portsmouth Ladies chairman Mick Williams, Portsmouth FC chairman Mark Catlin and commercial director Anna Mitchelll at the signing of an official agreement between the two clubs (photo provided by Portsmouth FC)

Mick Williams (left) and Mark Catlin, pictured with Portsmouth commercial director Anna Mitchell, both emphasised the importance of being part of the “Pompey family”

While West Ham United were, some might say, being shamed into taking over the women’s team that bear their name and Lewes were talking about equal budgets for their men’s and women’s senior sides, Portsmouth Ladies chairman Mick Williams was quietly going into bat for the club he holds so dear to his heart. Continue reading

Lewes director wants level playing field for men and women

The Dripping |Pan, Lewees (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Under a Lewes director’s plans, the women’s team would have the same budget as the men’s

Stephen Hunt’s public exposé of West Ham United’s lack of support for the women’s team that plays in the club’s name may – or may not – have done the Hammers Ladies a big favour.

The directors’ swift decision to take the autonomous – but related – club formally into the ample bosom of the West Ham family after being reported to the FA by West Ham Ladies’ chairman for alleged equality rules breaches, needs now to be followed by tangible, measurable commitment, as well as nice words, if the team are to reap the benefits. Continue reading

Fulgence brace helps Portsmouth to the double over Lewes

Lisa Fulgence celebrates one of her goals for Portsmouth against Lewes, October 5 2016 (Photo: James Boyes)

Lisa Fulgence made maximum use of the little possession she had to fire Portsmouth to victory over Lewes (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes 1 (Carter 28)
Portsmouth 2 (Fulgence 47, 57)

Poacher supreme Lisa Fulgence came out on top in the big Brighton reunion with two second-half goals that might just help turn her temporary club’s season around. Continue reading

Ambitious Chichester City pull off another coup as Wilson joins Green revolution

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Action from Portsmouth v West Ham United, 2014/15 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Wilson scored 16 goals for Portsmouth in her last full Premier League season in 2014/15 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Chichester City have made another stunning capture, adding former Portsmouth striker Charley Wilson-Blakely to a team already bulging with Premier League talent.

The ambitious Premier League South West Division One leaders have transformed their squad – which finished second last season – signing a host of players with Premier League top-flight experience. Continue reading

Little heads West Ham exodus in week of turmoil in Premier League

Action from Portsmouth v West Ham United, 2014/15 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Captains Charley Wilson and Stacey Little have left Portsmouth and West Ham respectively in the past week (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

West Ham United became the second Premier League club in a week to lose their captain when Stacey Little and almost half the team walked out after a clash with manager Marc Nurse. Continue reading