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May 202016
 

Adam Webster is poised for a switch to Ipswich Town.

And the deal will involve Matt Clarke and a transfer fee coming to Fratton Park in exchange.

Tractor Boys boss Mick McCarthy has moved to strengthen his defence with a swoop for the highly-regarded Webster.

The 21-year-old has just enjoyed his finest season yet at the Blues, finally establishing himself in his preferred position of centre back.

Now he is poised to move to the Championship, with Paul Cook tempted to do business having been offered Clarke and cash as part of the deal.

Central defender Clarke made 34 appearances and scored once during a season-long loan from Portman Road, on occasions partnering Webster.

The clubs are currently tying up the transfer as Cook seeks to bolster his squad in the early part of the close season.

Portsmouth FC
May 182016
 

The Hawks have swooped to sign striker Jason Prior from Bognor as manager Lee Bradbury looks to rebuild his side.

It is a clear statement of intent as the Hawks aim to bounce back into National League South at the first attempt.

Relegation has hit the club hard and Bradbury, who needs to put together a competitive squad accepts that will require a different approach.

He intends to include more local talent.

Prior scored 40 goals in 57 appearances for the Rocks last season.

And Bradbury believes he fits the bill perfectly.

With the Hawks dropping into the Ryman League, Bradbury admits he is changing the focus of the team.

He said: ‘Signing Jason is a no-brainer for us as he was out of contract at Bognor.

‘He lives in Portsmouth and I am looking to build a team based on hungry local players.

‘The player is at the right age, at 27, and with lots of experience in the league we find ourselves in.

‘I have tried to get him before and he is an old-school type of centre forward.

‘He holds the ball up well, is an intelligent player and knows where the goal is.

‘As a proven goalscorer he could make all the difference to the Hawks and I am sure he will be a big success.

‘For the past two seasons we have suffered through the lack of a regular goalscorer up front.

‘Next season in the Ryman League we will need strong-willed players prepared to go the extra distance.’

Bradbury was also interested in signing Gosport Borough goalscorer Justin Bennett.

He admits, however, that the Hawks were unable to compete with what another club are offering him.

Last season’s young striker Shamir Mullings has left Westleigh Park after being released by the club.

Central-defender Ed Harris, who missed the whole of last season, has received the all-clear and has signed again for next season.

Bradbury has also agreed a deal with winger Ben Swallow to keep him at the club.

May 172016
 

After the disappointment of the play off defeat Paul Cook has started to trim the squad for next season.

Brian Murphy, Chad Field and Snorre Nilsen have been released following the expiration of their contracts.

Adam McGurk, Kal Naismith and Matt Tubbs have been transfer listed. Options taken up on Tollitt, May and Close. Talks continue with Hollands and Davies.

Good to see Tollitt kept, the only real surprise in Naismith who was just starting to show some promise.

Portsmouth FC
Apr 302016
 

The Hawks were relegated after they failed to deliver the win they needed against Weston-super-Mare this afternoon.

Victory would have saved the Hawks as relegation rivals Margate lost, but in a disappointing second half they surrendered a first-half lead to the Seagulls as the game ended 1-1.

From being pre-season favourites they now face life in the Southern Premier League, if Lee Bradbury and Shaun Gale keep their jobs I for one will be very surprised

Apr 132016
 

The Hawks held their nerve to win the Hampshire Senior Cup for the first time tonight, after beating gutsy Winchester City on penalties at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium.

Lee Bradbury’s side recovered from going a goal behind at the break to former Gosport man Andy Forbes’ effort as they avoided an upset thanks to Dan Strugnell’s late leveller.

With no extra-time to be played, it was straight to a shoot-out, where ruthless Hawks converted all five spot-kicks, with Ryan Young saving the first City penalty from Jamie Barron to give them victory.

Andy Robinson netted the decisive effort as the favourites triumphed 5-3 on penalties, with substitutes James Hayter and George Barker joining Scott Donnelly and Matt Paterson in converting from 12 yards.

Boss Bradbury, who led the Hawks to a first Hampshire Senior Cup triumph in four attempts, said: ‘It feels good to finally win the cup.

‘I felt we bossed the game only to find ourselves a goal down and chasing the game.

‘They made it hard for us and although we had a lot of possession we never really hurt them enough

‘We did that well and made better decisions in the second half and were a lot better higher up the pitch.

‘When we sent James Hayter and Ben Swallow on it turned the game.

‘Once it went to penalties we were great.

‘It is great for our confidence going into our massive league game at St Albans on Saturday.’

The Hawks had an early escape when Robinson got back to clear off the line after Adam Roberts rounded goalkeeper Young.

In response, Nic Ciardini skipped through the City defence before firing wide of the far post.

Donnelly then flashed a 30-yard free-kick narrowly past the post and did the same with another effort from the edge of the area.

But on 29 minutes the Southern League side took a shock lead, following a poor mistake by Theo Lewis in midfield.

Warren Bentley intercepted his crossfield pass and burst into the area.

Young kept his low shot out with his foot but Forbes reacted quickest to slide the loose ball into the net.

Ten minutes into the second period, Shamir Mullings volleyed wide at the far post after being picked out by a terrific Paterson cross.

With 20 minutes remaining, City goalkeeper Brendan Norris did well to keep out a fierce drive from substitute Hayter at the near post, with the veteran striker an instant threat.

The Hawks were piling the pressure on their visibly tiring opponents and it finally paid off seven minutes from time.

A lofted ball dropped to Strugnell inside the area and the defender drove the ball in from eight yards.

The full-time whistle signalled a penalty shootout with Bradbury’s men netting all five of their spot-kicks to claim trophy glory after Young had earlier saved from Barron.

Hawks: Young, Strugnell, Haran, Lewis, Robinson, Hill, Ciardini, Donnelly, Mullings, Paterson, Mitchell. Subs: Molyneaux, Swallow, Hayter, Barker, Cummings