TWO goals in as many minutes late in the game saw West Ham United Ladies robbed of a point as they lost 3-1 away to Portsmouth.
On a sunny day at Fareham Town the Hammers Ladies once again proved that they can compete at this higher level following their promotion last season.
Both sides had chances in the frantic opening exchanges of the game, but it was the home side that got off to the best possible start when they took the lead after only 10 minutes.
Hammers fought back though and as the first-half drew to a close Nicola Dunsden was brought down in the penalty area and Sam Pittuck stepped up to fire home the spot kick and make it 1-1 at half-time.
The second-half was an even affair, although Hammers goalkeeper Clare Lacey was forced to pull off some fine saves to keep the scores level. At the other end, Lindsay Morgan and Sam Pittuck might have done better with good chances.
Hammers looked on course for a point until the home side netted two late goals to secure an undeserved 3-1 victory.
WHU: Claire Lacey, Carly Roache, Christina Oshodi, Kate Fanning, Kate Turney, Stacey Crump, Kerry Stimpson, Aloife Atherne, Lindsay Morgan, Nicola Davidson, Julia Stetford. Subs: Caroline Hodges, Natalie Grafton, Vicky Lewis.
Next Sunday the Hammers Ladies are on the road again as they travel to Langford FC.
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