Oct 292019
 

The Cult

Portsmouth Guildhall

29 October 2019

Probably the most “rock” gig I’ve ever been but I was not disapointed.

Very, very load but what a guitar player!.

Always a concern when you see older acts is that the singers voice may have gone but no worries here.

Set list.

01. Sun King
02. Wild Flower
03. Automatic Blues
04. American Horse
05. Sweet Soul Sister
06. New York City
07. Edie (Ciao Baby)
08. Soul Asylum
09. Rain
10. Spiritwalker
11. The Phoenix
12. Rise
13. American Gothic
14. Fire Woman
15. Love Removal Machine

Encore:

16. Lil’ Devil
17. She Sells Sanctuary

Concerts

Oct 262019
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey conceded a stoppage-time own-goal, as Bristol Rovers fought from behind to snatch a draw at a rain-soaked Memorial Stadium.

A Gareth Evans penalty set them on the way in the early stages and there were plenty of chances to add to the lead.

Ronan Curtis eventually headed home to calm some nerves, only for Alex Rodman’s strike to ensure a nervy finale.

And, with just seconds remaining, a corner struck Ross McCrorie, the bar and Craig MacGillivray before crossing the line to leave the Blues heartbroken.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that had beaten Lincoln on home soil earlier in the week.

It came on the left of the forward line, where Marcus Harness dropped to the bench to make way for Curtis.

Former Rovers hero Lee Brown kept his spot in defence, but Ellis Harrison had to be content with a place among the substitutes.

There were only seconds on the clock when Sean Raggett received a booking for a late challenge on Victor Adeboyejo.

But it was otherwise an encouraging opening for the visitors, who looked a constant threat on the break.

Ryan Williams teed-up Ben Close for an early effort that was blocked by Ed Upson and the deadlock was broken soon after.

Evans’ cross was met by the head of Curtis and the ball flicked off Raggett’s shoulder and came back off the post.

But John Marquis had received a shove from Luke Leahy that was spotted by referee Darren Handley.

He pointed straight to the spot and EVANS made no mistake, slamming home a penalty that left Anssi Jaakkola with no chance.

The keeper managed to prevent Williams from doubling Pompey’s lead soon after, while a teasing delivery from McCrorie was agonisingly over the heads of both Marquis and Curtis.

MacGillivray had to palm away a corner at the other end, but the counter-attack that followed led to three great chances in quick succession.

Curtis sent Marquis racing clear, only for Abu Ogogo to fling himself bravely into the path of the striker’s shot.

But the hosts could not get rid of the ball and crosses from Evans and Brown were met by Burgess and Raggett respectively, with Jaakkola making decent saves on each occasion.

Rovers had seen more of the ball, but not done much with it and their first decent chance arrived on 26 minutes.

Upson did well to keep possession in the middle of the park and drive forward, before drilling a low effort inches the past.

Pompey were still looking the more threatening side and when a Curtis cross missed Marquis, the ball appeared to be dipping under the bar, forcing Jaakkola into action.

They received a second booking before the break, although McCrorie was furious to be penalised for simulation after appearing to be tripped by Alfie Kilgour.

There was a corner for the visitors to deal with in stoppage-time and Marquis was back to block Ollie Clarke’s attempt.


Half Time

Bristol Rovers 0

Portsmouth 1


The home side – and their supporters – cried for a penalty straight after the restart when Leahy’s shot hit McCrorie in the box.

But the Blues loanee was far too close to get out the way and replays showed that it hit him on the head.

There was then a nervy moment when MacGillivray could not keep hold of Adeboyejo’s cross, although the keeper immediately leapt on the loose ball.

Pompey were still trying to do damage on the break, with one promising move breaking down when Marquis strayed offside from Curtis’ pass.

The hosts were certainly providing more of a threat since the break, though, and a diving Ogogo could not quite get on the end of Rodman’s centre.

An Evans free-kick caused problems at the opposite end of the pitch, although Rovers were eventually able to scramble the ball behind.

The visitors calmed things down with a spell of possession and might have gone further ahead, only for skipper Tony Craig to bravely get in the way of Close’s fierce volley.

And they did create some breathing space on 70 minutes, when a Marquis delivery was firmly headed home by CURTIS from close range.

Pompey’s counter-attacking credentials were still impressive and a low Williams cross had to be cut out to deny Marquis a simple tap-in.

But they were dealt a blow soon after, with Rodman reducing the hosts’ deficit after a free-kick had not been properly dealt with.

That meant there were plenty of nerves among the large collection of away fans for the closing stages of the contest.

Rovers brought former Fratton winger Kyle Bennett on to try add more potency to their attack, but it looked like Pompey would comfortably see the game out.

Right at the death, however, Liam Sercombe whipped in a corner and the ball struck McCrorie, ricocheting off the bar and the back of MacGillivray’s head before nestling in the net.

Bristol Rovers (3-5-2): Jaakkola; Davies, Craig (c) (Little 80), Kilgour; Rodman, Clarke (Sercombe 71), Upson (Bennett 89), Ogogo, Leahy; Adeboyejo, Smith
Goals: Rodman 78, MacGillivray 90+3 (og)
Booked: Upson, Ogogo
Subs not used: van Stappershoef, Kelly, Menayese, Nichols

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; McCrorie, Burgess, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Close; Williams, Evans, Curtis; Marquis (Harrison 90+1)
Goals: Evans 9 (pen), Curtis 70
Booked: Raggett, McCrorie, Curtis, Burgess
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Downing, Haunstrup, Cannon, Harness

Referee: Darren Handley

Attendance: 8,648 (1,404 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Oct 222019
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




John Marquis was on target as Pompey returned to winning ways against a spirited Lincoln side at Fratton Park.

There were chances at both ends before the break and Marquis scrambled the ball home to end his barren spell.

It was a more turgid affair in the second half, but Craig MacGillivray was not overly troubled as the Blues saw the game out.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that were unlucky to lose at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

It came at right-back where James Bolton dropped to the bench to make way for on-loan Rangers youngster Ross McCrorie.

There was a familiar face in the starting line-up for the Imps – now managed by former Fratton boss Michael Appleton – as striker John Akinde led the line.

Pompey continued the theme of recent weeks by dominating possession throughout the first half, although the visitors had arguably the better chances.

There were half-chances for Ryan Williams and Marquis, but Lincoln really should have broken the deadlock on seven minutes.

Michael O’Connor’s free-kick found Callum Connolly totally unmarked in the box, but the defender headed wastefully wide.

He rescued his side at the other end soon after, though, with a key interception to stop Marquis meeting Williams’ cut-back from a neat Ben Close pass.

MacGillivray was then called into action to keep the game goalless, getting down to his left to save a fierce long-range effort from the lively Bruno Andrade.

It looked like being a brief reprieve, however, as the resulting corner saw the ball ping around the Blues box, but twice stopped from crossing the line by the Scottish keeper.

Marquis then fired over from a tight angle as the hosts continued to see plenty of the ball, while Sean Raggett – facing his former club – saw a header deflected into the arms of Josh Vickers.

But the Lincoln keeper was beaten on 28 minutes, despite making a decent stop to keep out Christian Burgess’ bullet header.

The ball ran loose, though, and MARQUIS had the simple job of nudging it over the line from just a yard out.

Andrade was still proving a menace at the opposite end of the pitch and a teasing cross somehow evaded everyone in the box, while a crunching Tom Naylor challenge halted his run down the left.

There was one more chance for Lincoln to level before the break, although MacGillivray was not too bothered by Andrade’s firmly-struck effort from outside the box.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Lincoln City 0


Raggett collected the first booking of the evening shortly after the restart following a late challenge on Tyler Walker.

But referee Tom Nield somehow failed to spot the defender getting his shirt clearly tugged as he tried to meet a free-kick moments later.

Williams then had a chance to double the hosts’ lead following good work from Marquis and Marcus Harness, but was unable to find the target with a fierce finish.

Lincoln had a chance to equalise following a quick break on 54 minutes, but again nobody could get the finishing touch on his dangerous delivery and Lee Brown swept up.

The game became more scrappy as the second half progressed, with the hosts struggling to keep possession as well as they had before the break.

But they almost strengthened their lead just past the hour mark, as Vickers only just managed to prevent a firm Burgess header from crossing the line.

Jackett made his first substitution on 67 minutes, with Ronan Curtis replacing Harness wide on the left.

The new man was soon involved in the action and crossed for McCrorie, who took a touch before blazing over the bar.

Gareth Evans then did well to win a corner that he took himself and although Vickers flapped at it, he got enough on the ball to get it safe.

It was as committed a display as ever from Naylor and after losing possession in a dangerous area, the skipper did brilliantly to win it back again.

A quick break offered the chance to relive some growing pressure, but McCrorie’s pass to Marquis was not quite right and the striker did well to get the ball under control before firing over.

And Evans was also unable to keep his shot down after Naylor’s cross from the right had been only partially cleared.

It had been a strange display from the referee and when a late challenge on Williams went unpunished, even the normally placid Jackett was left raging on the sidelines.

But it did not prove costly for Pompey, who saw out the four minutes of stoppage-time to claim a welcome three points.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; McCrorie, Burgess, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Close; Williams, Evans, Harness (Curtis 67); Marquis
Goals: Marquis 28
Booked: Raggett, Burgess
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Downing, Haunstrup, Cannon, Harrison

Lincoln (4-4-2): Vickers; Eardley, Connolly, Shackell (c), Toffolo; Andrade (Hesketh 85), O’Connor (Grant 80), Morrell, Payne; Akinde (Anderson 76), Walker
Subs not used: Smith, Melbourne, Lewis, Chapman

Referee: Tom Nield

Attendance: 17,266 (753 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Oct 212019
 


This time held at the new venue of The Farmhouse. Food was very good.

Our team, Mop The Poophole, came second but we will claim a victory due to some dodgy tactics by the winning team who won by one point after correcting an answer after it was submitted for marking and having seen our answer. Very dodgy.

Oct 192019
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey were dealt a late blow, as AFC Wimbledon scored a stoppage-time winner at Kingsmeadow to end their three-match unbeaten run.

Both sides had earlier chances to secure victory, with Christian Burgess and Anthony Wordsworth striking the woodwork.

It was the Blues who looked more dangerous, though, and Nathan Trott was kept busy between the sticks.

The points looked like being shared, only for Terell Thomas to head past Craig MacGillivray’s grasp right at the death.

It was a disappointing way for Gareth Evans to make his 200th appearance for the club – becoming just the third man to achieve that feat in the 21st century.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that drew with Gillingham on home soil the previous week.

MacGillivray returned from international duty to replace Alex Bass between the sticks, while John Marquis came in for the injured Brett Pitman.

Ryan Williams also started out wide, as Pompey switched to a 4-2-3-1 system, with Ellis Harrison dropping to the bench.

Both sides looked dangerous on the break during an opening 45 minutes that saw play quickly switch from one end to the other.

The visitors had the first opportunity to break the deadlock, although Marcus Harness hit his effort into the turf and the ball bounced over.

Burgess then had to bravely fling himself into the path of a shot from the lively Marcus Forss to avert the danger.

Pompey were next to go close and after doing well to bring the ball down, Marquis prodded a shot past the post.

The see-saw nature continued with the Dons going close to breaking the deadlock on 13 minutes and it took a brilliant Lee Brown block to stop Forss.

A quick counter led to another Blues’ opening moment later, as Marquis collected Harness’ pass, held off his man and sent the ball rolling agonisingly wide.

Tom Naylor might have done better midway through the half after charging in to meet James Bolton’s dangerous delivery and heading over.

It was a bright period for the visitors and Burgess nodded against the crossbar after connecting with a Brown cross.

The danger was not over for Wimbledon, however, and Sean Raggett’s follow-up header was claimed by Trott.

There were a couple of bookings for Pompey and while Brown was right cautioned for fouling Scott Wagstaff, it was a harsh yellow for Marquis for simply standing his ground.

Bot sides had one more decent opportunity to forge ahead just before the break, with Trott getting down well to deny Evans.

Joe Pigott then spotted MacGillivray off his line and tried to lob him, only for the ball to fly narrowly wide.


Half Time

AFC Wimbledon 0

Portsmouth 0


It looked like the hosts had been awarded a penalty just after the restart when Pigott went down under Burgess’ challenge.

Referee Sam Purkiss seemed to point to the spot, only to eventually award a free-kick right on the edge of the box.

But it still almost led to a Wimbledon goal, as Forss hit a ferocious effort that flew through the wall and was superbly beaten away by MacGillivray.

Another free-kick for the Londoners was curled around the wall by Wordsworth, although it was easily dealt with by the Pompey stopper.

Jackett made a double switch just before the hour mark, as Williams and Marquis were withdrawn for Ronan Curtis and Harrison.

And the latter was almost gifted a bizarre goal moments later, charging down Trott’s clearance and seeing the ball ricochet just wide.

Harrison was proving a menace and after collecting Bolton’s ball into the box was unable to get enough on his header to trouble Trott.

Pompey had struck the woodwork before the break and it was the Dons’ turn on 65 minutes, with Wordsworth’s drilled effort cannoning back off the inside of the post.

Harrison then had two men on him as he tried to meet Bolton’s cross, but still managed to get a header away that was saved by Trott.

Some sloppy play at the back gave the Blues another opening, with Paul Kalambayi’s desperate block stopping Curtis’ shot testing the keeper.

The loose ball then came out to skipper Tom Naylor, whose drive was fierce, but straight at a grateful Trott.

Ben Close eyed up one of his special strikes from the edge of the box when a free-kick was only partially cleared, but the ball could not quite find its way through a sea of bodies.

Jackett’s final change came on 81 minutes and saw Andy Cannon replace Harness, with Evans moving out wide.

Pompey were looking the more threatening side in the closing stages and Trott did well to smother Close’s low attempt.

Curtis then spun and curled a shot wide following good work from Brown, who managed to avoid a late Scott Wagstaff lunge that earned the Dons skipper a booking.

The display of four additional minutes gave travelling fans hope that their side could score a late winner.

But it was the Dons celebrating when, with just seconds remaining, Thomas glanced home Max Sanders’ free-kick.

It was harsh on Pompey and there was not enough time left for them to mount any more meaningful attacks.

AFC Wimbledon (3-5-2): Trott; Kalambayi, Delaney, Thomas; Wagstaff (c), Sanders, Wordsworth, Pinnock (Hartigan 76), Osew; Pigott, Forss (Appiah 85)
Goals: Thomas 90+3
Booked: Wagstaff
Subs not used: Tzanev, Madelin, Stabana, Guinness-Walker, McLoughlin

Pompey (4-2-31): MacGillivray; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Close; Williams (Harrison 57), Evans, Harness (Cannon 81); Marquis (Curtis 57)
Booked: Brown, Marquis, Raggett
Subs not used: Bass, Downing, Haunstrup, McCrorie

Referee: Sam Purkiss

Attendance: 4,525 (712 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Oct 122019
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey were left frustrated at a sodden Fratton Park after failing to break down a resilient Gillingham side.

They enjoyed the majority of possession and chances, with Sean Raggett heading against the woodwork.

But the visitors from Kent were able to hold on and limit the Blues to their third home stalemate of the season.

Ellis Harrison was rewarded for his dramatic late winner against Doncaster with a spot in the starting line-up.

He replaced John Marquis up front in one of two changes from the side that were victorious in south Yorkshire.

The other switch was enforced, with Alex Bass making his second league start for Pompey between the sticks, as Craig MacGillivray was away on international duty with Scotland.

It was a dominant display from the hosts before the break and they almost took the lead in just the second minute.

Gareth Evans stole possession and charged forward before unleashing a low, skiddy drive that Jack Bonham did well to turn around the post.

Another drilled attempt from Ben Close soon after was parried by the Gillingham stopper and Tom O’Connor had to hack clear with Harrison waiting to pounce.

A teasing left-footed delivery then fell just between Christian Burgess and Harrison, as Pompey continued to apply pressure.

Evans was next to go close midway through the first half with a free-kick from wide on the left that was dipping under the crossbar before Bonham’s late intervention.

There was nothing to trouble Bass at the other end of the pitch, as long-range attempts from Mark Byrne and Mikael Ndjoli flew well off target.

The Blues were looking much more likely to break the deadlock and their opponents were left breathing a sigh of relief on 34 minutes.

An Evans free-kick was met by Raggett’s firm header and appeared to be flying in, only for the ball to come back off the inside of the post and be hacked to safety.

There were bookings for both sides, as Lee Brown and Max Ehmer were punished for fouls, while former Fratton loanee Stuart O’Keefe saw yellow for dissent.

Meanwhile, the hosts were still proving a real threat, with half-chances for both Harrison and Close as the interval loomed.

They almost received a helping hand from Connor Ogilvie, who swiped at thin air while trying to deal with James Bolton’s cross and had to be rescued by Bonham.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Gillingham 0


It was Pompey who had the first opportunity to score after the break and Bonham got down to deal with Harrison’s effort.

Jackett made a change on 54 minutes and Pitman appeared to have collected a knock as he made way for Marquis.

Bass was still waiting to make his first save of the afternoon, although there was one nervy moment in the Blues box for the defence to deal with.

It was still the hosts seeing most of the ball and they were being left frustrated by a well-drilled opposition back-line.

Meanwhile, the Gillingham management team were constantly in the ear of the fourth official, drawing plenty of ire from the Fratton faithful.

Marquis tried to spin Ogilvie and race through on goal from Naylor’s long pass on 68 minutes, but a free-kick was awarded for a foul against the Gills centre-back.

And Brown then did well to beat his man on the left and charge into the box, only to follow it up by firing wide.

A double substitution soon followed for the hosts, as Close and Evans made way for Andy Cannon and Ryan Williams.

But chances were proving to be hard to come by and the visitors were doing their best to waste as much time as possible.

It had taken 82 minutes for Bass to have a save to make and he was not particularly troubled by Brandon Hanlan’s weak effort.

Pompey were the side trying hardest to turn one point into three and hopes were raised by the display of five additional minutes.

The winner almost arrived at the death when Williams’ cross dropped nicely for Brown, but he could only flash a shot wide.

And despite plenty of endeavour and application, they were unable to break down the red-shirted wall.

Pompey (4-4-2): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Brown; Harness, Close (Cannon 75), Naylor (c), Evans (Williams 75); Harrison, Pitman (Marquis 54)
Booked: Brown
Subs not used: McGee, Downing, Haunstrup, Curtis

Gillingham (4-1-4-1): Bonham; Tucker, Ehmer (c), Ogilvie, O’Connor; Jones; Ndjoli (Mandron 80), O’Keefe, Byrne, Jakubiak (Marshall 76); Hanlan (Hodson 90+5)
Booked: Ehmer, O’Keefe, Byrne, Jones, Tucker
Subs not used: Walsh, Pringle, Lee, Charles-Cook

Referee: Graham Salisbury

Attendance: 18,036 (672 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Oct 122019
 

Autumn In The Vineyard

Trailer



PLOTWhen Frankie Baldwin and Nate Deluca both have a claim to ownership of Sorrento Farm, they are forced to divide the vineyard right down the middle and work the fields alongside each other to bring in the harvest leading up to the Best Wine competition at the annual Autumn Harvest Festival – only this rivalry won’t be settled in the fields, because in spite of their contentious bickering, the simplest way to settle this particular legal dispute is with a romance.

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Oct 082019
 

Match Report

Highlights

Leasing.com Trophy




Bradley Lethbridge scored his first senior Pompey goal in a draw with Oxford in the Leasing.com Trophy.

The striker cancelled out Matty Taylor’s opener at a sparsely-populated Kassam Stadium in Southern Group B.

Anton Walkes then looked to have won it for the youthful visitors with a late strike, only for Rob Dickie to level in stoppage-time.

But the night ended on a happy note for the Blues, as they won 5-4 on penalties to claim a bonus point and secure top spot, guaranteeing a home draw in the second round.

Kenny Jackett changed the entire side that won at Doncaster in the league at the weekend, with five teenagers getting a chance to impress.

Harvey Rew was handed his debut a week after signing a first professional contract and was joined in the starting line-up by Joe Hancott, Josh Flint, Leon Maloney and Lethbridge.

Paul Downing skippered a defence that also included Brandon Haunstrup and Walkes, with Alex Bass between the sticks.

Ryan Williams – who previously had a spell on loan with the hosts – and Andy Cannon completed the team, while there were plenty of experienced reinforcements on the bench.

Pompey’s young side started brightly and enjoyed plenty of possession in the opening stages, without being able to test former Fratton keeper Simon Eastwood.

They had a chance to break the deadlock when Cannon and Williams combined to tee-up Lethbridge, but he screwed wide from 10 yards.

And the more experienced hosts soon started to take control, with Rob Hall dragging a shot wide before Bass denied Taylor at his near post.

Rew was perhaps unfortunate to be shown a yellow card on 19 minutes for a challenge that referee Will Finnie deemed excessive.

United then broke the deadlock soon after, as Taylor latched onto Shandon Baptiste’s threaded pass and slotted home.

And the same player should have immediately doubled the lead, only to see his first effort saved by Bass and the second fly off target.

Pompey picked up after that nervy period, though, and levelled on 33 minutes thanks to a first senior goal for Lethbridge.

It started when Cannon stole possession and cut the ball back for Flint, whose effort was deflected into the striker’s path.

The angle was tight for LETHBRIDGE, but he got enough power on his shot for the ball to squirm under Eastwood and over the line.

It was United who finished the half on top, however, and a fierce drive from Cameron Brannagan had to be parried down by Bass and gathered at the second attempt.

And the keeper made an even better save just before the break, acrobatically tipping over Taylor’s firm header from a Josh Ruffels delivery.


Half Time

Oxford United 1

Portsmouth 1


Jackett made a double switch at the start of the second half, with Flint and Rew replaced by Gareth Evans and Ben Close.

It was Cannon who had the first shot following the restart, but quickly saw four yellow shirts around him and could only fire wide.

An angled effort from Maloney was then comfortably dealt with by Eastwood in a low-key opening to proceedings.

Then, after Hall had an effort deflected wide at the other end, Dickie diverted a corner straight at Bass.

Jackett made his final switch just past the hour mark, with goalscorer Lethbridge withdrawn and Saturday’s hero Ellis Harrison on in his place.

But it was United on the attack and they had two decent chances to retake the lead in quick succession.

First, Bass came off his line to narrow Taylor’s angle and make a smart stop after the striker had been sent through on goal.

Another header from Dickie was then blocked on the line by Williams, with Finnie waving away handball appeals.

Close has scored a couple of spectacular strikes already this season and tried to add a third when he hit a dipping ball cleanly on the volley, but it lacked the power to overly trouble Eastwood.

Evans then had a great chance after being sent through on goal by Maloney, only to lose his balance at the crucial moment, allowing his shot to be saved.

But Bass was keeping the Blues in the contest and he made another fine save to repel Brannagan’s fierce angled drive on 75 minutes.

And Walkes was also called into action moments later to block a powerful goal-bound effort from substitute Dan Agyei.

Pompey might have capitalised on a quick break, but the onrushing Williams could not quite reach Harrison’s ball across the box.

And they did go ahead on 85 minutes after WALKES raced on to a fine pass down the right from the lively Cannon.

Eastwood came off his line, but the right-back just about got there first and was able to send the ball rolling over the line.

But Oxford managed to draw level in stoppage-time when a free-kick was launched into a crowded box and Dickie spun before finding the bottom corner.

Full Time: Oxford 2 Pompey 2

A penalty shoot-out was then held to decide who would take the bonus point, with Evans, Harrison, Williams and Downing all scoring.

But Close sent his attempt high over the bar to hand the advantage to the hosts, only for Ruffels’ shot to be brilliantly saved by Bass.

Walkes and Agyei both failed to find the target in sudden death and after Haunstrup rolled home his penalty, Sam Long blazed high over the bar.

Oxford (4-1-4-1): Eastwood; Long, Dickie, Moore, Ruffels (c); Gorrin (Sole 86); Hall, Brannagan, Baptiste (Lopes 73), Sykes; Taylor (Agyei 69)
Goals: Taylor 21, Dickie 90+1
Booked: Agyei
Subs not used: Stevens, Jones, Cadden, Fosu

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Walkes, Downing (c), Haunstrup, Hancott; Cannon, Rew (Close 46); Williams, Flint (Evans 46), Maloney; Lethbridge (Harrison 63)
Goals: Lethbridge 33, Walkes 85
Booked: Rew, Haunstrup
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Raggett, Harness

Referee: Will Finnie

Attendance: 1,548 (274 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Oct 052019
 

Gary Numan

02 Guildhall, Southampton

5 October 2019

Another trip to see Gary Numan and once again he didn’t disappoint.

Celebrating 40+ years in music we got some old classics including That’s To Bad and My Shadow In Vain which I don’t think I’ve heard live since the 80s and Stories which I can’t recall him ever doing live.

He was even more chatty than normal and introduced a new song in Intruder which sounds great.

Support was by Kanga who was better than most.

Great gig

Set list

01. My Name Is Ruin
02. I Die: You Die
03. That’s Too Bad
04. Stories
05. Metal
06. Absolution
07. Films
08. Down in the Park
09. The Promise
10. Cars
11. Here in the Black
12. Me! I Disconnect From You
13. The Fall
14. A Prayer for the Unborn
15. Are ‘Friends’ Electric?

Encore:

16. My Shadow in Vain
17. Remind Me to Smile
18. Intruder
19. Jo the Waiter

Concerts

Oct 052019
 


WON (A) League 1
Doncaster Rovers 1
Portsmouth 2


>Ellis Harrison headed home in stoppage-time to dramatically earn Pompey a first away league win of the season.

A goal on the break from Gareth Evans in the second half had earlier given the visitors the lead at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Doncaster twice struck the woodwork and looked to have salvaged a point when Reece James bundled in a leveller.

They were chasing a winner, but instead finished with nothing, as Harrison deftly guided the ball into the net at the death.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that had beaten Bolton on home soil earlier in the week.

Lee Brown came straight back into the starting line-up after recovering from an Achilles injury, while there were also returns for Evans and Marcus Harness out wide.

Brandon Haunstrup and Ryan Williams both dropped to the bench, but there was no place in the matchday squad for Ronan Curtis because of a tight hamstring.

Pompey kept with the same 4-4-2 system that had helped them secure all three points against Wanderers, with Brett Pitman utilised alongside former Rovers striker John Marquis.

Neither side created much in the opening stages on a grey afternoon in south Yorkshire, although that did not stop the travelling faithful for being in fine voice.

Shots at either end for first Ben Whiteman and then Marquis lacked enough power to trouble the respective goalkeepers.

But it was Doncaster who found their feet quickest and Alfie May’s shot from nothing cannoned against the crossbar.

Craig MacGillivray then head to come tearing from his line to stop Jon Taylor after the winger had burst in from the left.

Rovers were looking particularly threatening on the break and Harness hacked clear after one dangerous counter-attack.

The visitors collected a couple of bookings, with Tom Naylor punished for a late challenge on May and Harness seeing yellow after catching Whiteman with a flailing arm.

Doncaster had their best chance of the half in between, when Kieran Sadlier was left unchallenged to charge in and meet James Coppinger’s delivery, only to send the ball wide from a few yards out.

There were a couple of opportunities at the other end, though, and Evans’ cross was just too high for Pitman in the box.

The striker tried to return the favour after beating his man on the right, but Seny Dieng came off his line to just about get there first.


Half Time

Doncaster Rovers 0

Portsmouth 0


There was a change at the start of the second half, with Marquis not emerging from the tunnel and fellow summer signing Harrison replacing him.

But it was the hosts who were first to have an opening following the restart, with MacGillivray getting down to his left to keep out Whiteman’s fierce drive.

James Bolton was then fouled by Kieran Sadlier in the race for the loose ball and required treatment, but was fine to continue.

MacGillivray was soon called into action again, although not overly troubled by Coppinger’s long-range attempt.

And the stopper had to adjust his feet to make an ultimately comfortable save when Sadlier’s effort deflected off Sean Raggett.

But it was the noisy 1,351 travelling fans who were celebrating the opening goal, which came against the run of play on the hour mark.

A clearance was collected by Ben Close in the middle of the pitch and he slid a pass across for the charging EVANS.

The midfielder was able to race through on goal and neatly slot home past Dieng before wheeling away to celebrate.

A stunned Rovers tried to hit back, but a corner was dealt with by Harrison and Whiteman’s 25-yard shot received a deflection to divert it off target.

And another Blues counter-attack almost led to the lead being strengthened, as Close’s curler from the edge of the box had to be expertly palmed over by Dieng.

The visitors were having to work hard at the other end, though, and the imperious Christian Burgess did well to block Taylor’s strike, with the ball looping wide of the post.

Doncaster went even closer to levelling soon after, courtesy of a thunderous shot from Whiteman that rattled the crossbar.

Pompey were looking solid at the back, but the hosts finally made their pressure count on 82 minutes.

An angled cross-shot from May was parried away by MacGillivray and James reacted quickest to force home the loose ball.

Williams had been waiting to come on in the build-up to that goal and immediately replaced the tiring Harness.

Rovers were looking to grab a winner and Whiteman’s effort from the edge of the box just about cleared the crossbar.

But it was the Blues who instead secured all three points when, in stoppage-time, HARRISON met Bolton’s cross and sent a fine header looping over Dieng and into the net.

There were still some nervy moments to contend with, however, and a collective sigh of relief greeted the final whistle.

Doncaster (4-2-3-1): Dieng; Halliday, Anderson, Daniels, James; Sheaf, Whiteman (c); May (Wright 90+4), Coppinger, Taylor; Sadlier
Goals: James 82
Subs not used: Lawlor, Amos, Greaves, Gomes, Longbottom, Kiwomya

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Brown; Harness (Williams 82), Close, Naylor (c), Evans; Marquis (Harrison 46), Pitman
Goals: Evans 60, Harrison 90+1
Booked: Naylor, Harness
Subs not used: Bass, Walkes, Downing, Haunstrup, McCrorie

Referee: Andy Haines

Attendance: 8,962 (1,351 Pompey fans)

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