Transfer : Doncaster Rovers – Portsmouth
Transfer : Doncaster Rovers – Portsmouth
|Pompey have signed striker John Marquis from Doncaster for an undisclosed fee.
The 27-year-old – who had a short loan spell at Fratton Park in 2013 – has penned a three-year deal, with a club option for a further 12 months.
Marquis began his career with Millwall and was handed his professional debut by Jackett at Bristol Rovers in 2009.
He had several stints out on loan, including a two-month stay at Pompey in the first half of the 2013/14 campaign.
Marquis netted two goals in six appearances, grabbing a consolation in a 4-2 defeat at York and then scoring in an EFL Trophy win at Oxford.
He signed for Rovers in the summer of 2016 and struck 67 times in 153 appearances during three years in south Yorkshire.
Twenty-six of those goals arrived last term, as Doncaster suffered a penalty shoot-out defeat to Charlton in the League One play-offs.
The former converted an early penalty he had won himself and soon doubled the lead from a free-kick.
It was Hawkins’ first action of the summer and the striker added a goal in each half, while Manny Parry and Moussa Dierra both netted for the National League hosts.
There were plenty of first team players involved, with Hawkins and James Bolton both returning from injury.
The heavy rain had subsided by the time kick-off came around and Pompey took an almost immediate lead.
Moussa Dierra brought down PITMAN inside the box, with the skipper dusting himself off to coolly slot home.
It was a bright start from the Blues and Ben Close fired over following a neat and patient passing move.
Hawkins then raced onto a long pass from Haji Mnoga and was cleaned out by Cards keeper Sam Howes.
Referee Charles Breakspear might have reached for a red card in a competitive fixture, but instead stuck with awarding a free-kick.
But there was further punishment for Woking, with PITMAN drilling a 20-yard shot into the bottom corner.
And the visitors found themselves three goals ahead with just 19 minutes on the clock after Andy Cannon had done well to win possession.
The ball was eventually played out to Bolton on the right and he drilled a low cross into the box, with HAWKINS sliding in to score.
Chances started to dry up following that early goal flurry, although Matt Casey did well to block Dave Tarpey’s effort.
But Woking reduced their deficit just before the break after a Josh Casey free-kick had caused chaos in the Blues box.
The ball was stabbed towards goal and Alex Bass made a smart save, with Parry following up to convert from close range.
Pitman had a cheeky attempt to secure a hat-trick straight from the kick-off, with his effort dipping over the bar.
Pompey’s skipper then thought he should have had another penalty after hitting the turf when trying to reach Brandon Haunstrup’s cross, although this time his appeals fell on deaf ears.
There were not an abundance of clear-cut openings, but Mnoga made a well-timed challenge to deny Jake Hyde from inside the box.
The game continued to drift along, with a number of substitutions for the hosts not doing anything to help the flow.
Pompey were looking comfortable in possession, though, and content to pass the ball around without providing much of a threat.
Hawkins did send a dangerous ball across the face of goal on 78 minutes, but neither Mnoga or Josh Flint could get on the end of it.
Cannon then teed-up Pitman for a blocked shot, with the midfielder collecting the loose ball and being frustrated in his attempts to find space for a shot.
The Blues soon managed to add a fourth goal of the evening, however, with HAWKINS sliding in at the back post to convert Pitman’s pass.
But it was Woking who had the final say, as Dierra glanced home Max Kretzschmar’s corner at the near post for a consolation.
Woking (3-4-1-2): Howes (Ross 46); Parry, Gerring (Trialist 65), Dierra; Cook (Collier 46), Donnellan (Trialist 65), Poku (Kretzschmar 46), Casey (c); Ferdinand; Tarpey (Trialist 65), Hyde (Hodges 79)
Goals: Parry 45, Dierra 89
Subs not used: Skinner, Morrison
Pompey (4-4-2): Bass; Bolton, Mnoga, Casey, Haunstrup; Brindley, Cannon, Close, Flint (Maloney 88); Pitman (c), Hawkins
Goals: Pitman 3 (pen), 14, Hawkins 19, 83
Subs not used: L.Pitman, Kavanagh, Hancott, Robb, Stanley
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Attendance: 1,603 (393 away fans)
|PLOTIn 2563, 300 years after Earth was devastated by a catastrophic war known as "The Fall,” scientist Dr. Dyson Ido discovers a disembodied female cyborg with an intact human brain while scavenging for parts in the massive scrapyard of Iron City. Ido attaches a new cyborg body to the brain and names her "Alita" after his deceased daughter. Alita awakens with no memory of her past and quickly befriends Hugo, a young man who dreams of moving to the wealthy sky city of Zalem. She also meets Dr. Chiren, Ido's estranged ex-wife. Hugo later introduces Alita to Motorball, a racing sport played by cyborg gladiators. Secretly, Hugo robs cyborgs of their parts for Vector, owner of the Motorball tournament and the 'de facto' ruler of the Factory, Iron City's governing authority.
One night, Alita follows Ido; they are ambushed by a gang of cyborg serial killers led by Grewishka. Ido is injured, and Alita instinctively fights using "Panzer Kunst,” a lost combat art for machine bodies. She kills two of the cyborgs and damages Grewishka, who retreats. Ido reveals that he is a Hunter-Warrior- a bounty hunter hired by the Factory. Grewishka goes to Dr. Chiren- who is working for Vector- for help. Despite Alita believing that fighting will help her rediscover her past, Ido discourages her from becoming a Hunter-Warrior. Alita finds a highly advanced cyborg body in a crashed spaceship outside the city. Recognizing that the body belonged to a Berserker — deadly shock troops of the enemy nation United Republics of Mars (URM) from the Fall, of which Alita was a member—Ido refuses to install Alita in it.
Frustrated with Ido, Alita registers herself as a Hunter-Warrior. At the Kansas Bar, she and Hugo are unable to recruit other Hunter-Warriors to help her take down Grewishka. Zapan, a cyborg Hunter-Warrior bully, provokes Alita, and she severely beats him in a fight, triggering a chaotic bar brawl until Ido arrives to intervene. Suddenly an upgraded Grewishka appears and challenges Alita to a duel, revealing that he has been sent by Zalem's technocrat overlord, Nova, to destroy her. Despite her combat skills, Alita's body is damaged by Grewishka, before Ido, Hugo and Hunter-Warrior dogmaster McTeague arrive and force Grewishka to retreat. Ido apologizes and transplants Alita into the Berserker body.
Having fallen in love with Hugo, Alita enters a Motorball tryout race for the prize money to send Hugo to Zalem. Hugo's relationship with Alita leads him to decide to quit his criminal job. He confronts his partner Tanji, but Zapan appears, kills Tanji and frames Hugo for the murder of another cyborg. Hugo narrowly escapes and calls Alita for help; she abandons the race and finds him just as Zapan does. Zapan mortally wounds Hugo. Dr. Chiren, having changed her mind about working for Vector, offers to help save Hugo by attaching his severed head to Alita's life support system. When Zapan sees through the trick and attempts to stop Alita, she seizes his prized Damascus blade and injures him.
Ido transplants Hugo's head onto a cyborg body and tells Alita that Vector's offer to help Hugo reach Zalem was a lie; as an exiled citizen of Zalem, Ido is certain that citizens of Iron City cannot enter Zalem without becoming a motorball champion. Alita storms the Factory and confronts Vector, who reveals that Chiren has been harvested for her organs. Vector summons Grewishka, but Alita's new nanotech body allows her to easily destroy him. She forces Nova to speak to her through Vector. When Nova threatens to harm her friends, Alita fatally stabs Vector.
Ido tells Alita that Hugo has fled to climb a cargo tube towards Zalem. Alita catches up to him and pleads with him to return with her. He eventually agrees, but a serrated defense ring dropped by Nova shreds his body and throws him off the tube. Alita catches him but cannot pull him up. Hugo thanks Alita for saving him before falling to his death.
Months later, Alita is a rising superstar in the Motorball tournament. Cheered on by the crowd, she pledges vengeance by pointing her plasma-charged sword toward Zalem, where Nova watches from above, smirking.
|2019Personal Rating60Rotten Critics61Rotten Audience92IMDb Rating73Combined Rating71.5|
They created plenty of chances against their League Two hosts, with Paul Downing hitting the woodwork and another Naylor effort being cleared from the line.
A fierce strike from Mason Bloomfield reduced the Reds’ deficit late on, but they could not find a leveller.
Anton Walkes was called into action early on, heading clear after George Francomb tried to convert a corner.
But it was the Blues who dominated for the majority of the first half and created the best chances to score.
The first arrived on 10 minutes when Downing met Evans’ free-kick and saw his header clip the top of the crossbar.
And the visitors did break the deadlock midway through the half, courtesy of a fine move that started with Naylor.
The midfielder slipped a precise pass through to Marcus Harness and his cross was met by a diving header from EVANS, with the ball striking the woodwork on its way into the net.
There was not much going on at the other end of the pitch, although a header from Ollie Palmer was comfortably claimed by Craig MacGillivray.
Ross McCrorie was looking dangerous for Pompey and a surging run ended with the Scottish loanee’s effort being deflected wide.
They went much closer on 31 minutes after Glenn Morris made a mess of trying to punch clear Ronan Curtis’ header.
Downing collected the ball and although he was unable to get a shot away, Naylor was and the ball had to be cleared from the line by a well-placed Tom Dallison.
There were a couple more half-chances for Curtis before the break, as the Blues continued to probe away.
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Harness linked up well to Ellis Harrison and McCrorie soon after the restart and the latter’s effort was deflected behind.
And the lead was doubled on 51 minutes, although Morris will probably think he could have done better.
Lee Brown cut the ball back for NAYLOR, whose effort beat the keeper far too easily before nestling in the net.
Crawley brought on Nathan Ferguson and the newcomer had an immediate impact, forcing MacGillivray down to deal with his angled drive.
The action was soon back down the other end and when Harrison collected Walkes’ threaded pass, David Sesay had to slide in and stop the striker’s shot finding the bottom corner.
But former Hawks striker Palmer really should have reduced the hosts’ deficit just past the hour mark.
He was picked out by Filipe Morais’ left-wing cross, but managed to nod the ball wide from just a couple of yards out.
The same Crawley duo combined again just past the hour mark and this time MacGillivray showed fine reflexes to deny Palmer.
Chances were now coming thick and fast, but Curtis could not keep his shot down after being slipped through by Harness.
It was proving to be an open end to the contest, with the action quickly switching from one end to the next as both sides went in search of goals.
A looping Downing header caused chaos in the Crawley box and the ball eventually crossed the line, although referee Tim Robinson had spotted a foul.
It seemed as though Pompey would see things out comfortably, but the hosts found themselves back in the game courtesy of a thunderous strike from substitute Bloomfield.
A flurry of substitutes slowed things down for the Blues, though, and the final few moments passed by without incident.
Crawley (4-1-4-1): Morris; Sesay, Tunnicliffe, Dallison, Doherty; Bulman (c) (Ferguson 53); Morais, Francomb, Camara (Bloomfield 69), Nathaniel-George (Grego-Cox 61); Palmer (Galach 82)
Goals: Bloomfield 80
Subs not used: Luyamula, Payne, Allarakhia
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Downing, Burgess, Brown (Haunstrup 86); McCrorie (Close 88), Naylor; Harness, Evans (c), Curtis (Cannon 86); Harrison (Pitman 86)
Goals: Evans 20, Naylor 61
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Dennis, Lowe, Hawkins
Referee: Tim Robinson
Attendance: 1,777 (688 Pompey fans)