Nov 302019
 

Match Report

Highlights

FA Cup 2




Brett Pitman headed home a stoppage-time winner against Altrincham to book Pompey a place in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

It seemed like the sides would be heading to Moss Lane for a replay, as the National League North outfit battled valiantly from behind.

Ben Close’s superb volley had opened the scoring, only for Josh Hancock to grab a late leveller from the spot.

The Blues looked to have been punished for not seeing the game off, but they were rescued by substitute Pitman at the death.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that beat Rotherham in League One earlier in the week.

It came in the attacking wide positions, with Ryan Williams dropping to the bench and Marcus Harness taking his spot on the right.

Pompey started brightly and when Close dug out a fine cross towards the far post, Ronan Curtis was waiting to nod narrowly past the post.

John Marquis then met a Harness delivery and his goal-bound header struck James Jones and was diverted wide, although the officials bizarrely failed to give a corner.

The hosts produced plenty of sloppy moments during the first half, with Altrincham looking dangerous going forward.

They thought a penalty should have been awarded when Jordan Hulme went down under Oli Hawkins’ challenge on 11 minutes.

Referee Tom Nield waved their appeals away and Hawkins felt the striker had gone down too easily, while their opponents were furious at the decision.

Marquis was struggling to get into the game, but sent one great delivery across the face of goal that agonisingly evaded everyone.

Anton Walkes then stepped up to steal possession and find Ellis Harrison, who burst forward and fired against the base of the post.

Curtis was next to try his luck, turning on the edge of the area and dragging a shot narrowly wide.

Some patient passing play then ended with a fierce volley from Brandon Haunstrup that rose over the crossbar.

And when Harrison tried to send Harness clear through on goal, it took a timely challenge from Andy White to deny him.

Both sides then had excellent opportunities to break the deadlock in the closing stages of the first half.

Curtis did brilliantly to win possession after losing the ball, but could not bring it under control and Hulme drilled a shot against the post.

Harrison then met Lee Brown’s delivery at the other end of the pitch, drawing an excellent save from Tony Thompson.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Altrincham 0


Jackett made a double change at the start of the second half, with Curtis and Marquis withdrawn for Williams and Pitman.

But the Blues were still looking well below their best and were relieved to see an unmarked Jake Moult fire wastefully wide.

Craig MacGillivray was then called into action to beat away an angled effort from White, as the Robins looked to punish their higher-ranked hosts.

It was Pompey who finally broke the deadlock just before the hour mark, however, courtesy of another fine strike from CLOSE.

The ball sat up nicely for the midfielder after Harness’ cross had not been properly cleared and he was left alone to hit a crisp volley into the net.

He might had had another moments later, but Thompson kept out his angled drive, only to then collect a back-pass.

That meant the rare sight of a free-kick inside the box, with the wall doing its job to block Pitman’s attempt from Brown’s lay-off.

It was Pompey’s turn to appeal for a penalty when Williams went down under Shaun Densmore’s challenge on 67 minutes, although again it was waved away by Nield.

Williams then launched a quick break up the pitch and slipped a fine pass across for Harness, but Thompson again came to the Robins’ rescue with a fine save from point-blank range.

And when Haunstrup tried to pass the ball into the bottom corner, it was deflected just past the post.

But Altrincham were always in the contest while they only trailed by one and a delivery from the left was deflected onto the roof of the net.

The scores were level on 83 minutes, with Christian Burgess penalised for a clumsy challenge on Hulme inside the box.

This time Nield did point to the spot and although MacGillivray went the right way, Hancock’s penalty was too powerful.

The Blues tried to hit back and Pitman did well to get an acrobatic effort on target, with the ball flying straight at Thompson.

But there was a sense of joy and relief in the final minute of stoppage-time, as Harness’ corner was flicked on by Harrison and PITMAN stooped to head home at the far post.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Haunstrup, Hawkins, Burgess, Brown (c); Walkes, Close; Harness, Marquis (Pitman 46), Curtis (Williams 46); Harrison
Goals: Close 56, Pitman 90+4
Booked: Harness, Williams
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Raggett, Cannon, Evans

Altrincham (4-2-3-1): Thompson; Densmore, Jones, Hannigan, White; Williams (Mullarkey 84), Moult (c); Peers (Harrop 80), Hancock, Johnston (Hampson 88); Hulme
Goals: Hancock 83 (pen)
Subs not used: Torrance, Richman

Referee: Tom Nield

Attendance: 8,539 (622 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Nov 302019
 

Heavenly Match

Trailer


RATED5.1 Plot

Levelled seminar graduate David Swenson gently tries to coach his screw-up former classmate Casey Hart when a small town parish which engaged her as short-term interim loses its sick pastor, so she's now on trial basis as 'senior minister'. The parish council has its doubts about her, especially elderly traditionalist pillar-biter Olivia Thompkins, who demands her dismissal when income drops due to theft and lesser donations. Instead of declaring her love for wonderful mentor David, she fakes a local relationship, driving him to start an affair with her best friend Cali, who finds out, so both feel betrayed. Still, David helped trap the thief, enabling surprising ways out for various parties, as by God's mysterious ways.

Summary

I'm starting to hate Brendan Penny, not only does he get to romance Rachael Leigh Cook in the "Vineyard" series he now gets to do it with Samaire Armstrong in this film. I'm jealous. The film is your typical "Hallmark" type movie only unusual in that it's religious setting

Released

2014


Movies IMDb Samaire Armstrong

Nov 302019
 

On This Day

BORN - November 30



On This Day

Nov 262019
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey finally saw off a stubborn Rotherham side to claim all three points at Fratton Park and register a fourth successive victory.

Ronan Curtis opened the scoring straight from kick-off and after Freddie Ladapo levelled, John Marquis restored their lead.

But Ladapo levelled again after the break – this time from the spot – and it took a neat finish from Ben Close to get the job done.

Kenny Jackett unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that won at Rochdale at the weekend, with Lee Brown once again wearing the armband in the absence of regular skipper Tom Naylor.

And the hosts came sprinting from the blocks, taking the lead with just 33 seconds on the clock – with no surprises about the identity of the goalscorer.

The in-form CURTIS continued his scoring spree with a fine shot from outside the box after receiving a cross-field pass from Ryan Williams.

Millers keeper Daniel Iversen then fumbled Brandon Haunstrup’s deep pass into the box and would have been relieved to see the ball land clear.

But Rotherham soon grew into the contest and when Kyle Vassell guided a shot through Oli Hawkins’ legs, Craig MacGillivray had to get down to make the save.

The unsighted keeper could only parry the same player’s free-kick moments later, though, and Ladapo gratefully converted the loose ball to level the scores.

Marquis sent a couple of half-chances off target, but United were looking threatening at the other end and MacGillivray did well to deny Ladapo.

It was soon the Blues’ turn to go on the attack and Close blazed wastefully over after racing into the box to meet Ellis Harrison’s header.

The hosts did restore their advantage moments later, however, as Harrison nodded Brown’s cross towards the far post, where MARQUIS was waiting to slam home.

There was an escape at the other end when the hosts made a mess of dealing with a cross, but Brown, Vassell and Carlton Morris all collided in the box and the ball drifted harmlessly wide.

Pompey then should have extended their lead in stoppage-time, with Curtis picking out Marquis in the box and the summer signing only able to send a tame header straight at Iversen.


Half Time

Portsmouth 2

Rotherham United 1


The hosts did have the ball in the net again just after the restart, but Harrison forced Iversen into the net when the keeper collected Williams’ cross and a foul was awarded.

Both sides then collected yellow cards in quick succession, with substitute Chiedozie Ogebene punished for United and Harrison for the Blues.

Rotherham were seeing plenty of the ball around their opponents’ box, but unable to test MacGillivray.

And a quick Williams counter provided an opening for Pompey just before the hour mark, although Curtis’ eventual delivery was just behind Marquis.

But the Millers were given an excellent opportunity to level when Morris’ trickery inside the box drew a foul from Hawkins.

Referee Antony Coggins pointed straight to the spot and Ladapo confidently sent MacGillivray the wrong way to equalise for a second time.

But Pompey again managed to restore their advantage, this time taking just four minutes to go back ahead.

Rotherham made a hash of dealing with Curtis’ flag-kick and CLOSE chested the ball down on the edge of the box before volleying into the bottom corner.

The visitors were dealt a further blow when Billy Jones went down injured just seconds after they had made their final two changes.

He was forced to limp down the tunnel, leaving United to play out the rest of the contest with 10 men.

Pompey soon made a change of their own, with Williams leaving the field to a standing ovation and replaced by Marcus Harness.

They tried to make the most of their numerical advantage, but Curtis was unable to slip a shot inside Iversen’s near post following good work from Haunstrup.

It was certainly not all one-way traffic, though, and Jamie Lindsay’s effort was deflected narrowly past the post.

Harness then hit a rocket of a shot from the edge of the box just over the bar, as the Blues looked to wrap things up.

They were unable to score again, but saw out four minutes of stoppage-time to climb up into 10th spot in the League One standings.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Haunstrup, Hawkins, Burgess, Brown (c); Walkes, Close; Williams (Harness 78), Marquis, Curtis; Harrison
Goals: Curtis 1, Marquis 37, Close 66
Booked: Harrison
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Downing, Cannon, Evans, Pitman

Rotherham (4-4-2): Iversen; Olosunde (Ogbene 46), Ihiekwe (c), Robertson, Jones; Morris, Wiles, Barlaser (Lindsay 73), Clarke; Ladapo, Vassell (Crooks 73)
Goals: Ladapo 15, 62 (pen)
Booked: Ogbene, Morris
Subs not used: Price, Thompson, Hastie, Smith

Referee: Antony Coggins

Attendance: 16,355 (204 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Nov 242019
 

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Trailer


RATED6.6 Plot

The morning they return from their White Castle road trip, Harold and Kumar decide to go to Amsterdam because Harold doesn't want to wait ten days to see Maria again. On the plane, Kumar lights up his new bong, the air marshals think it's a bomb, and Harold and Kumar are arrested as terrorists and sent to Guantanamo Bay. Ordered to fellate a guard, they manage to escape, make their way to Florida, and head for Texas to find Kumar's ex-girlfriend's fiancé, the well-connected Colton, and get him to intercede with Washington on their behalf. Kumar still has a thing for Vanessa, the feds are in hot pursuit, and the legal weed of Amsterdam seems a long way away.

Summary

They really should make more of these films, great characters and so underrated as comedies.

Released

2008


Movies IMDb

Nov 242019
 

On This Day

BORN - November 24



On This Day Sarah Hyland

Nov 232019
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Ronan Curtis continued his run of fine form by bagging a brace to help secure all three points for Pompey against Rochdale.

Ryan Williams was also on target at Spotland, as the Blues displayed a clinical edge that has been lacking at times this season.

The hosts saw plenty of the ball, but did not do much to threaten their visitors, while Curtis made the most of dangerous deliveries from John Marquis and Williams either side of the break.

And after chances to wrap the victory up had been spurned, Williams opened his Pompey account to settle any nerves.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that won at Harrogate Town to progress in the FA Cup.

Skipper Tom Naylor and Sean Raggett were injured in that game, with Anton Walkes and a fit-again Oli Hawkins replacing them.

Gareth Evans dropped to the bench to make way for Ellis Harrison, while Lee Brown wore the captain’s armband.

The hosts looked lively and dominated possession in the early stages, with Jimmy Keohane curling a shot past the post.

Matty Done was looking particularly dangerous whenever he burst forward, but Dale were not making the most of his trickery.

And the Blues started to feel their way into the contest, although Brandon Haunstrup will want to forget a free-kick that not only cleared the bar, but flew out of the ground.

Pompey did have the lead on 15 minutes, though, and it was largely thanks to the good work of Marquis.

He collected a pass from Williams and spun beautifully on the ball before cutting it back for CURTIS to fire home.

Some dangerous deliveries from Haunstrup and Williams caused problems, as the visitors tried to build on their advantage.

Rochdale began to take charge of possession once more, although they were not doing much to test Craig MacGillivray.

And the Blues almost snatched a second goal on 37 minutes, with Hawkins’ header from a corner blocked and nobody able to force home the loose ball.

Their opponents had one excellent chance to level before the break, as Rekeil Pyke glanced Keohane’s cross against the post.


Half Time

Rochdale 0

Portsmouth 1


Keohane tried his luck from long-range seconds after the restart, with the ball flying high over the bar.

But the Blues were more clinical when they went up the other end moments later and a low Williams delivery was slammed home by CURTIS.

Jackett wanted his men to build on that, screaming at them from the sidelines to keep pressing and make life uncomfortable for their opponents.

A poor clearance from Dale keeper Robert Sanchez flew straight to Williams just before the hour mark, but it caught the winger by surprise and he was unable to capitalise.

The hosts were still being frustrated and when Callum Camps finally did get a shot on target, MacGillivray flew to his right to make a fine save.

The Scotland international then dusted himself down to commandingly claim the resulting corner, drawing cheers of approval from the noisy travelling army.

Pompey were doing their best to keep hold of the ball and slow the game down, while still looking capable of adding to their lead.

When Harrison was bundled to the turf on the right, Haunstrup’s free-kick was nodded against the bar by Hawkins.

Then, seconds later, Curtis burst forward with lightning pace and slotted the ball across for Williams, but Sanchez was quickly off his line to deny the winger.

Jackett soon made a change, with the hard-working Harrison trudging from the turf and replaced by Brett Pitman.

Rochdale were doing their best to try to reduce the deficit, but the Blues were resolute at the back and a real menace on the break.

And they finally made sure of the points late on, with Pitman unselfishly passing to the unmarked WILLIAMS, who coolly slotted home.

Rochdale (4-1-2-1-2): Sanchez; Matheson, O’Connell, Norrington-Davies, Keohane (Tavares 77); Williams; Done (Bradley 83), Morley (Hopper 87); Camps; Henderson (c), Pyke
Subs not used: Lynch, Dunne, Brierley, Gillam

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Haunstrup, Hawkins, Burgess, Brown (c); Walkes, Close; Williams, Marquis, Curtis (Harness 90+1); Harrison (Pitman 75)
Goals: Curtis 15, 47, Williams 88
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Downing, Cannon, Evans

Referee: James Adcock

Attendance: 3,789 (993 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC