On This Day
Goals from Eoin Teggart and Brett Pitman ensured Pompey maintained their winning start to pre-season with victory over Bognor.
Both of the visitors’ goals came in a first half they dominated, with a couple of neat finishes putting them on top at Nyewood Lane.
But they probably should have been further ahead at the break, as the Blues struck the crossbar on three separate occasions.
Former Fratton forward Dan Smith pulled one back following the restart, but the hosts could not find an equaliser.
There was a mixture of youth and experience in the Pompey line-up, with the likes of Pitman and Christian Burgess accompanied by a smattering of academy players.
It was Bognor who made the brighter start, although Burgess and centre-back partner Matt Casey protected Alex Bass’ goal.
And the visitors soon began to move through the gears, with Andy Cannon sending a fierce shot dipping against the underside of the crossbar.
The Rocks then had an opportunity of their own, with Stuart Green unable to turn home Jimmy Muitt’s cross and seeing his blushes spared by an offside flag.
Pompey took the lead from the resulting free-kick, as TEGGART cut inside from the right and curled a shot into the top corner.
And the advantage was soon doubled on 25 minutes, with Leon Maloney doing well to get into the box and find Pitman.
He managed to dig out a shot that again hit the underside of the bar and Teggart was unable to convert the loose ball.
Amazingly, the same piece of woodwork was struck for a third time before the interval, although the skipper this time hit the top of it with a dinked attempt.
But PITMAN did have a goal on 34 minutes, hitting a first-time finish into the bottom corner after being slipped in by Haji Mnoga.
The right-back might have got on the scoresheet himself before the break, but his effort was deflected into the arms of Rocks keeper Charlie Searle.
Bornor Regis Town 0
The average age of the visitors was brought down at the start of the second half, as Pitman and Bryn Morris made way for youngsters Harry Anderson and Ethan Robb.
And Bognor soon managed to pull a goal back, with Smith on hand to find the target after Bass had made a good save.
Muitt had a chance to level a few minutes later, although the forward dragged his shot wide of the post.
The Rocks were certainly enjoying more of the ball since the restart, although were too often let down by a poor final delivery.
Smith was sent through on goal on 73 minutes, but former team-mate Bass was quickly off his line to make the save.
It was bit quieter at the other end of the pitch, although a dangerous delivery from Brandon Haunstrup did lead to a corner.
Cannon was the player to send it into the mixer, with Burgess – now wearing the armband – nodding the ball narrowly past the post.
A few late substitutions disrupted the flow of the game, but Burgess still had to throw himself into the path of Liam Brady’s shot to prevent Bognor from grabbing a late leveller.
Bognor (4-3-3): Searle; Whyte (c), Crane, Wood (Bingham 82), A.Leigh (Breed 55); Read (Dunn 69), T.Leigh, Tuck (Scutt 69); Muitt (Brady 84), Smith, Green (Williamson 80)
Goals: Smith 48
Sub not used: Simmonds
Pompey XI (4-2-3-1): Bass; Mnoga, Burgess, Casey, Haunstrup; Storey (Kavanagh 68), Morris (Robb 46); Maloney, Cannon, Teggart; Pitman (c) (Anderson 46 (Stanley 80))
Goals: Teggart 21, Pitman 34
Subs not used: Durin, Dandy, Hancott
Referee: Dan Austin
Pompey secured a second pre-season friendly win in succession, but were made to work hard for their 2-1 victory at Westleigh Park.
Gareth Evans fired them ahead from the penalty spot just before half-time, only for former Blues triallist Roarie Deacon to draw the Hawks level.
It was Brett Pitman who came off the bench to grab a late winner, however, in front of a huge crowd of 3,500 sun-worshipping supporters.
There were three changes from the side that began the midweek rout of UCD in Dublin.
Ross McCrorie and James Bolton both missed out with knocks, while Jamal Lowe was also absent, as Ben Close, Anton Walkes and Evans all came in.
Anybody expecting another goal-fest was in for a disappointment, with chances at a premium during the opening stages on a warm afternoon.
A dangerous Walkes delivery was turned behind before it could reach Ronan Curtis at the back post, while an Evans free-kicvk cleared the crossbar.
The hosts were certainly not looking over-awed and an effort from Josh Taylor was deflected wide of Craig MacGillivray’s post.
Pompey’s keeper also made a regulation save to deny Andy Drury, as the game continued to drift along without much excitment.
The visitors created a fine chance on 28 minutes, however, and Ross Worner made an excellent stop to keep out Louis Dennis’ header from point-blank range.
Ellis Harrison then beat the Hawks number one to the ball, but the angle was tight for the summer signing and his cut-back was dealt with.
The striker was involved again just before the break and when he was brought down in the box by Dean Beckwith, referee Matt Russell pointed to the spot.
It was the skipper who stepped up to take the spot-kick, with EVANS slamming his effort straight down the middle to open the scoring.
There was still time for another opening before the interval, with Worner again doing well to keep out a fierce strike from Curtis.
Havant & Waterlooville 0
The second half got off to a livelier start, with Worner immediately having to get down to keep out Lee Brown’s free-kick.
A volleyed effort from Jonah Ayunga was then brilliantly dealt with by MacGillivray, as the Hawks tried to find a leveller.
But the action soon switched ends once more and Curtis almost caught Worner out at his near post after neatly stepping inside.
It was the home fans who were celebrating on 56 minutes, though, when substitute Chris Paul teed-up Deacon for a neat finish into the bottom corner.
The usual curse of the pre-season friendly soon followed, with a wave of substitutions for both sides stemming the flow of the contest.
Another brief interruption was caused by a fan who ran on to the pitch to request a selfie with Christian Burgess, who obliged, and MacGillivray, who sternly ordered him off the pitch.
It was two of Pompey’s newcomers who combined for their winner on 80 minutes, with Brandon Haunstrup doing well down the left and providing the assist for PITMAN to slot home.
Hawks (4-1-2-1-2): Worner (Latham 58); Read (Tarbuck 58), Beckwith (Cook 60), Magri, Straker; Bailey (Paul 46); Taylor (Dennett 65), Fogden (c); Drury (Walton 46); Deacon (Ridge 83), Ayunga
Goals: Deacon 56
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes (Burgess 73), Downing, Raggett, Brown (Haunstrup 70); Naylor (Morris 70), Close; Evans (c) (Hancott 84), Dennis (Cannon 70), Curtis (Pitman 70); Harrison
Goals: Evans 44 (pen), Pitman 80
Subs not used: Bass, Mnoga, Dandy, Bridgman, Teggart, Stanley
Referee: Matt Russell