Apr 092022
 

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022


A League 1
Cheltenham Town 1
Portsmouth 0


FORM GUIDE

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Pompey produced a sloppy showing to lose at Cheltenham and dash any lingering hopes of making the play-offs.

It was incredible that a first half full of chances at both ends, if short on quality, did not provide any goals.

But it was the Robins who finally made the breakthrough after the break, with Liam Sercombe’s strike enough to separate the teams.

Danny Cowley made five changes from the side that were held to a draw at Bolton earlier in the week.

Shaun Williams – fully recovered from a back injury – was handed his first start for more than three months.

And there were also places in the line-up for Mahlon Romeo, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Ronan Curtis and Tyler Walker.

Clark Robertson, Louis Thompson, Joe Morrell, Michael Jacobs and George Hirst all dropped to the bench.

The opening 45 minutes were an action packed, end-to-end affair, with both sides having multiple chances to break the deadlock – helped by some sloppy defending.

A quick break provided the visitors’ first opportunity after just six minutes, as a fine Williams pass sent Marcus Harness racing clear.

He laid the ball off for Romeo and a slip from Reece Hutchinson appeared to give him a free sight on goal, only for a fine recovery challenge from the prostrate wing-back.

Walker soon sent a delivery into the area and Aiden O’Brien get a slight touch on his volleyed effort to send the ball narrowly past the post.

Matty Blair tried to curl home an effort at the other end of the pitch and the ball took a big deflection off Connor Ogilvie before flying into the side netting.

The resulting Alfie May corner led to a spot of pinball in the Box box, with Mattie Pollock eventually poking wide.

Pompey were soon back on the attack themselves and a low Romeo centre was met by O’Brien’s neat back-heel.

Walker tried to turn the ball home from a few yards out, but Owen Evans made the save and kept out the follow up from O’Brien.

A defensive mix-up almost provided an opener midway through the first half and Curtis was able to steal possession from Sean Long.

He then found O’Brien inside the area, only for Robins skipper Will Boyle to get back just in time and make a key challenge which the Blues were adamant was a foul.

But then it was the visitors’ turn to look shaky at the back and they lost the ball right on the edge of their own box.

Gavin Bazunu came to the rescue by making saves to deny Callum Wright and May in quick succession, while Blair’s third attempt was cleared from the line by Hayden Carter.

The action continued to switch from end to the other and Sean Raggett could not quite connect with a fine Williams delivery from the left.

It was Cheltenham who threatened just before the interval, though, and Kion Etete should have done better when he nodded over a Wright cross.


Half Time

Cheltenham Town 0

Portsmouth 0


The contest continued to be played at a frenetic pace once the action restarted, although a Curtis shot did not overly trouble Evans.

Cheltenham then enjoyed a quick break up the pitch, which led to a Blair effort that was blocked by Tunnicliffe.

Cowley made a double switch on the hour mark, with Harness and Williams replaced by Jacobs and former Robins loanee Morrell.

And the final substitution followed not too long after, as Hirst added some fresh attacking energy in place of O’Brien.

There was immediately a great chance for Pompey when Morrell lifted a pass into the box and it was flapped at by Evans.

The follow-up shot from Jacobs appeared to be heading into the net, but Pollock flung himself in its path to divert the ball over.

But it was soon Cheltenham’s chance to go close and a 30-yard Wright rocket was superbly turned around the post by a diving Bazunu.

What followed was the home side’s most sustained spell of pressure in the game and they made it count on 76 minutes.

Etete combined well with Wright on the left and the latter squared the ball for Sercombe to fire home.

And although Pompey huffed and puffed right up until the final whistle, their opponents remained resolute to claim victory in this fixture for the first time.

Cheltenham (3-5-2): Evans; Long, Pollock, Boyle (c); Blair, Sercombe (Chapman 90), Bonds, Wright, Hutchinson; Etete (Lloyd 82), May
Goals: Sercombe 76
Booked: Lloyd
Subs not used: Flinders, Raglan, Freestone, Ramsey, Brown

Pompey (4-2-2-2): Bazunu; Romeo, Carter, Raggett (c), Ogilvie; Tunnicliffe, Williams (Morrell 60); Harness (Jacobs 60), Curtis; Walker, O’Brien (Hirst 69)
Subs not used: Webber, Robertson, Thompson, Mingi

Referee: Ollie Yates

Attendance: 5,117 (1,425 Pompey fans)

Dec 082020
 

Portsmouth FC 2020/2021


A EFL Trophy
Cheltenham Town 0
Portsmouth 3


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Jordy Hiwula bagged a brace as Pompey cruised to victory at Cheltenham to reach the third round of the Papa John’s Trophy.

Haji Mnoga broke the deadlock with his first goal for the club early in the contest against the League Two high-flyers

Hiwula then took charge by scoring in each half, as the Blues continued their fine record in the competition.

Kenny Jackett made 11 changes from the side that impressively saw off Peterborough in the league at the weekend.

In fact, nobody who set foot on the Fratton turf for that fixture even made the trip to Whaddon Road.

Alex Bass returned between the sticks, behind a back three of James Bolton, Rasmus Nicolaisen and skipper Paul Downing.

Academy midfielder Charlie Bell was joined by Ben Close and Bryn Morris in the centre of the park, with Mnoga and Cam Pring out wide.

Young striker Alfie Stanley partnered Hiwula up front, with a host of teenage prospects on the bench.

The hosts threatened in the opening stages, with Downing having to head behind a dangerous cross and from the resulting corner, Ben Tozer hooked over.

But it was the Blues who broke the deadlock on 15 minutes, as Close picked out MNOGA at the back post.

The teenage wing-back cut onto his left foot and drilled a shot into the bottom corner to open his account for the club.

Hiwula might have doubled the lead soon after, but his effort took a deflection to divert the ball over the bar.

Pompey did score again on 29 minutes, though, with Pring’s delivery nodded down by Stanley for HIWULA to fire into the net.

The visitors were, as usual, looking threatening on the break and caused more problems for their opponents before the interval.

But the Robins almost reduced their deficit late in the half, as Andy Williams collected Dan Bowry’s delivery and drilled a shot narrowly past the post.


Half Time

Cheltenham Town 0

Portsmouth 2


Any hopes of a Cheltenham comeback were dashed shortly after the restart when HIWULA raced onto a Morris free-kick down the line and fired in a shot that Scott Flinders was unable to keep out.

The keeper did much better moments later, though, to prevent the striker completing his hat-trick by converting Pring’s cross.

Then, from the resulting corner that was whipped into the box by Bell, a close-range Bolton header went over.

Jackett made a first change just past the hour mark and brought on Gerard Storey for his senior debut in place of Bell.

Pring then went close to increasing the visitors’ lead further with an angled volley from Mnoga’s cross that Flinders gathered at his near post.

The Robins almost pulled once back from a corner and Bolton was well placed to head the ball off the line.

But most of the action was taking place at the other end of the pitch and Flinders made a fine save to deny Downing after the skipper met Pring’s free-kick.

Seok Jae Lee replaced Stanley for his second Blues appearance, but it was a Cheltenham substitute who almost scored seconds after coming on.

The midfielder was sent haring through on goal, but wasted the opportunity by firing straight at Bass.

Hiwula was still working hard to complete his treble, although was not able to force his shot through a sea of bodies following a spot of pinball in the box.

But the Blues had already done more than enough to seal their progress and maintain their grip on the silverware.

Cheltenham (3-4-3): Flinders; Bowry, Tozer (c) (Lloyd 46), Freestone; Sang, Azaz (Miles 77), Chamberlain, Chapman; Williams, Reid, May (Blair 46)
Booked: Tozer
Subs not used: Griffiths, Hussey, Jakeways, Ebanks

Pompey (3-5-2): Bass; Bolton, Downing (c), Nicolaisen; Mnoga, Bell (Storey 62), Close, Morris, Pring; Stanley (Lee 77), Hiwula
Goals: Mnoga 15, Hiwula 29, 50
Booked: Mnoga
Subs not used: Seymour, Kavanagh, Rew, Jewitt-White, Brook

Referee: Kevin Johnson

May 062017
 

Portsmouth FC 2016/2017


H League 2
Portsmouth 6
Cheltenham Town 1


FORM GUIDE

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We are CHAMPIONS!

Pompey thrashed Cheltenham 6-1 to secure the League Two title on a memorable afternoon on the south coast.

They became only the fifth team to win all four divisions after both Plymouth and Doncaster failed to secure three points.

Daniel O’Shaughnessy’s own-goal opened the scoring at Fratton Park, but the lead was a slender one at the break.

It all changed in the second half, however, as Kyle Bennett, Jamal Lowe and Gareth Evans found the target – the latter from the penalty spot – while Kal Naismith bagged a brace.

Fans then flooded onto the pitch at full-time to begin a party that will likely last for quite a while.

Paul Cook stuck with the same side that won at Mansfield the previous week, meaning that it was Conor Chaplin who again led the line.

But it was a Robins player who inadvertently gave the hosts a welcome lead with just 13 minutes on the clock.

Enda Stevens – who collected The News/Sports Mail Player of the Season award before kick-off – delivered a low cross that O’Shaughnessy deflected into his own net.

Chaplin had a chance to double the advantage soon after, but his fierce drive was kept out by Scott Brown.

Cheltenham were not creating too much at the other end, although David Forde got down to his left to keep out Harry Pell’s effort.

The Blues were looking more threatening, meanwhile, and when a free-kick was played to Carl Baker, his curling shot was deflected inches past the post by the knee of Danny Wright.

The visitors grew stronger as the first half progressed and Forde made a comfortable save to deny Billy Waters.

Then, after the keeper did well to keep out Dan Holman’s strike, Danny Rowe curled the ball narrowly wide.

Bennett had a shot saved by Brown, while a stretching Chaplin could not quite reach Naismith’s centre.

But Cheltenham almost grabbed a leveller just before the interval, Dan Holman finding Rowe and the midfielder firing in a shot that was deflected narrowly over.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Cheltenham Town 0


There was also a great chance for the visitors moments after the restart, but Danny Wright could only head Kyle Storer’s cross wide from close range.

Holman then had a shot that was racing towards the net before Forde dived to his right to push the ball clear.

But the Blues almost had a second when Danny Rose unleashed a fierce volley that cannoned back off the underside of the crossbar.

Cook made a double switch just past the hour mark, with Baker and Chaplin making way for Lowe and Gary Roberts.

And Pompey soon doubled their advantage, as BENNETT fired in a shot that took a wicked deflection to leave Brown stranded.

That was the cue for the floodgates to open and, following a quick counter, Bennett slipped the ball through for NAISMITH to calmly slip home.

It was substitute LOWE who was next to get in on the act on 72 minutes when he found the bottom corner from a tight angle.

And when Roberts was tripped in the box by Liam Davis, referee Christopher Sarginson pointed to the spot, with EVANS stepping up to slam home the resulting penalty.

The fans were celebrating in the stands with news coming through that both Doncaster and Plymouth were being held.

Pompey had certainly done their job, although Cheltenham pulled a goal back through substitute James Dayton.

That failed to stop the hosts’ attacking charge, however, and Bennett’s strike was superbly saved by Brown.

NAISMITH did grab a sixth goal on 85 minutes, with Michael Doyle sending a ball over the top and Pompey’s top scorer calmly slotting into the net.

All the attention now was to what was happening at Grimsby and Hartlepool, with plenty of fingernails being chewed.

Fans ran onto the pitch in celebration at the final whistle, with news filtering through that Plymouth could only draw.

And when Doncaster’s match at Hartlepool finished in defeat, it was confirmed that Pompey were League Two champions.

We’re on our way.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Rose (Aborah 71), M.Doyle; Baker (Lowe 61), Naismith, Bennett; Chaplin (Roberts 61)
Goals: O’Shaughnessy 13 (og), Bennett 62, Naismith 66, 85, Lowe 72, Evans 75 (pen)
Booked: Stevens
Subs not used: O’Brien, Whatmough, Linganzi , Lowe, Roberts, Kabamba

Cheltenham (4-4-2): Brown; Cranston (Barthram 66), O’Shaughnessy, Boyle, Davies; Pell (Dayton 54), Storer (c), Rowe, Waters; Wright, Holman (Munns 71)
Goals: Dayton 78
Booked: Storer
Subs not used: Kitscha, Winchester, Downes, Wootton

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Attendance: 17,956 (545 away fans)

Nov 192016
 





First away game of the season to Cheltenham, what a journey!

Points are frozen at Drayton a whole 5 mins into our almost 5-hour journey forcing us to Fratton!

So our journey now considered of…

Outbound

Havant – Fratton – Bristol Temple Meads – Gloucester – Cheltenham (last part by bus)

Homebound

Cheltenham – Swindon – Trowbridge – Southampton – Havant

Not doing that by rail again

Standing room only on two journeys, on one journey it was a train of only one coach and we got stuck with a bunch of very drunk Pompey fans who only knew one song. On the trip to Bristol about 95% of the train was reserved, luckily it got so crowded they didn’t let anyone else on after a while so we were not moved from our seats.

As for the game, well typical Portsmouth. Lots of passing and few attempts on goal. Followed by a defensive mishap to concede.

Still, I can add another ground to the list

Nov 192016
 

Portsmouth FC 2016/2017


A League 2
Cheltenham Town 1
Portsmouth 1


FORM GUIDE

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Smith grabs late leveller.

Michael Smith came off the bench to hit his first league goal of the season and earn Pompey a point at Cheltenham.

It looked like the Blues would be made to pay for missed opportunities when Daniel O’Shaughnessy fired the hosts ahead midway through the second half.

But Smith capitalised on a goalkeeping error late on to salvage a deserved point and give the large travelling support something to smile about on the journey home.

Paul Cook unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that beat Mansfield at home the previous week.

And they had a chance to open the scoring in the early seconds after Carl Baker swapped passes with Gary Roberts and advanced forward, only to see his shot blocked.

But the hosts immediately broke up the other end and thought they should have won a penalty when Danny Wright hit the turf.

The striker was surrounded by three blue-shirted players, but referee John Brooks decided there had been no infringement.

It was end-to-end stuff in the early stages of the game, with both sides showing plenty of attacking intent.

The chances did dry up to an extent after such a lively opening, although there were still opportunities for the deadlock to be broken.

Kyle Bennett was released into the box on 14 minutes, but it was always going to be tough for him to beat Robins keeper Russell Griffiths from a tight angle.

Meanwhile, a promising move for the hosts ended with Dan Holman blazing over, while the same player later bent a free-kick into the arms of David Forde.

Rose soon hit a cleanly-struck effort on target at the other end, but his shot flew straight at a grateful Griffiths.

Harry Pell wasted a good opportunity for Cheltenham on 32 minutes, dragging wide from the edge of the box after Christian Burgess’ clearance landed at his feet.

But it was the Blues who ended the first half on the ascendency and Griffiths superbly kept out Baker’s diving header after the midfielder had met Gareth Evans’ pin-point delivery.

Roberts then saw a shot bending off target and an onrushing Evans could not quite get there in time to turn the ball back on the right path.


Half Time

Cheltenham Town 0

Portsmouth 0


Pompey had two great chances to forge ahead straight after the restart, but Griffiths denied them on both occasions.

First the keeper stayed on his feet to save Roberts’ shot after the midfielder had stayed onside to collect Baker’s threaded pass.

Then he prevented Conor Chaplin from heading home Evans’ cross from just a couple of yards out at the far post.

And when Griffiths was unable to frustrate the Blues, the woodwork came to his rescue, with Bennett’s strike coming back off the post.

But the keeper was soon called back into action, quickly smothering the ball before Bennett could reach Roberts’ pass.

Cheltenham had a decent opening of their own just before the hour mark when the visitors failed to deal with a ball sent into their box, but Wright volleyed over from close range.

And it was the Robins who took the lead on 65 minutes after Burgess had been booked for a late challenge on Holman near the halfway line.

James Rowe’s free-kick ricocheted around the Pompey box before eventually landing at the feet of O’Shaughnessy to fire home.

They should have doubled their advantage soon after, but an unmarked Rob Dickie fired wide when the ball found him unmarked in the box.

Cook made an attacking switch to try to inspire a change of fortunes on 75 minutes, with Bennett making way for Smith.

A double substitution then followed moments later, as Noel Hunt and Kal Naismith replaced Chaplin and Roberts.

And Pompey almost immediately found themselves level when the otherwise impressive Griffiths failed to hold Baker’s cross and SMITH reacted quickly to tuck away the loose ball.

Both sides tried their best to find a winner, but with all their previous meetings ending in a draw, it perhaps came as no surprise to see the game end all square.

Cheltenham (3-4-1-2): Griffiths; Dickie, Downes (c), Parslow; Barthram (Suliman 90+1), Pell, Rowe, O’Shaughnessy (Cranston 90+1); Waters; Holman, Wright
Goals: O’Shaughnessy 65
Booked: Pell, Downes
Subs not used: Kitscha, Munns, Whitehead, Morgan-Smith, Arthur

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Rose, Doyle (c); Baker, Roberts (Naismith 81), Bennett (Smith 75); Chaplin (Hunt 81)
Goals: Smith 82
Booked: Chaplin, Burgess, Baker
Subs not used: O’Brien, Talbot, Whatmough, Lalkovic

Referee: John Brooks

Attendance: 4,702 (1,537 Pompey fans)