Vanessa Marano known for playing the role of Bay Kennish on the show Switched at Birth and also appeared on other series like Gilmore Girls and Ghost Whisperer.
|Crawley Town||1 – 2||Portsmouth|
Pitman bags brace as Blues end pre-season with victory
Pompey go into the new campaign on a high after ending their pre-season programme with victory at Crawley.
But they had to come from behind, with Thomas Verheydt giving the hosts an early lead at a wet Broadfield Stadium.
Skipper Brett Pitman led the turnaround, levelling with a fine second half free-kick before snatching the winner.
It was the League Two side who were quickest from the blocks and Josh Lelan headed narrowly wide from Mark Randall’s corner.
And the hosts did break the deadlock from another flag-kick just seconds later, with Verheydt converting Randall’s delivery.
There was not too much else to excite the Sussex crowd in a drab first half played out in unseasonable conditions.
Kyle Bennett and Tareiq Holmes-Dennis were the two Blues players to impress going forward and a teasing low cross from the former had to be cleared behind by Josh Yorwerth.
A skewed clearance from Tom Davies at the other end led to Randall firing wide with Luke McGee off his line.
Bennett then had one shot comfortably saved by Glenn Morris, while another was blocked following some fancy footwork.
Crawley were creating the better openings, however, and Enzio Boldewijn flashed a shot narrowly over after cutting inside from the right.
Then, after Jordan Roberts had just about beaten McGee to the ball, Holmes-Dennis made a superb clearance from the line.
And, from the resulting corner, McGee was forced to claw away another Verheydt effort that was heading for the net.
Pompey started to look more threatening as the interval beckoned and with Pitman lurking at the far post, Mark Connolly had to intercept Holmes-Dennis’ low cross.
Bennett’s incisive pass then picked out Conor Chaplin in the box, but the striker could not get the ball untangled from his feet.
Half Time: Crawley 1 Pompey 0
Chaplin thought he should have been awarded a penalty early in the second half when his surge into the area was abruptly halted, but referee Carl Brook was not interested.
But the Blues were level on 55 minutes after Pitman had been crudely challenged by Connolly in a central position outside the box.
It was PITMAN who stepped up to take the free-kick and curl a fantastic effort right into the top corner of the net.
The striker was then involved in a clash with Yorwerth on the edge of the Crawley area, but perhaps with the fact it was a friendly in mind, Brook just gave the pair a stern telling off.
It was otherwise typical friendly fare on the pitch, with the game starting to lag as the second half progressed.
Kal Naismith angled a shot into the side netting for Pompey, while Boldewijn fired wide at the other end.
But the Blues found themselves ahead on 75 minutes, as PITMAN collected a neat pass from substitute Milan Lalkovic and coolly lifted the ball over Morris.
The lead should have been strengthened further, only for Naismith to slot wide when it seemed far easier to score.
And the Blues comfortably passed the ball around among themselves to see out the final few minutes and secure the win.
Crawley (5-4-1): Morris; Young, Lelan, Yorwerth, Connolly, Evina; Boldewijn, Bulman (c), Randall (Payne 68), Roberts (Lewis 80); Verheydt (Harrold 70)
Goals: Verheydt 3
Subs not used: Mersin, Arthur, Cox, Blackman, Djalo, Clifford, Tajbakash, Sanoh, Camara
Pompey (4-4-1-1): McGee; Evans, Davies, Whatmough, Holmes-Dennis; Naismith, Baker, Rose, Bennett; Pitman (c); Chaplin (Lalkovic 62)
Goals: Pitman 55, 75
Subs not used: Bass, Talbot, Haunstrup, Close, May, Lowe, Main, Kabamba
Referee: Carl Brook
Attendance: 1,603 (778 Pompey fans)
Actress – Jodelle Ferland
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Actress – Dove Cameron
|Portsmouth||1 – 2||AFC Bournemouth|
Chaplin on target in friendly defeat
Conor Chaplin was on target as Pompey were narrowly beaten by top-flight Bournemouth at Fratton Park.
The striker levelled in the second half after Lys Mousset had earlier fired the visitors into the lead.
But Benik Afobe almost immediately netted for the Cherries and, despite a spirited display, the Blues could not find another goal.
Pre-season conjures up images of baking hot days with plenty of drinks breaks.
But coats and umbrellas were needed at Fratton Park, as the rain fell steadily throughout the only home friendly of the summer.
Recent Bournemouth signings Asmir Begovic and Jermain Defoe returned to their former club, while ex-Cherry Brett Pitman skippered the hosts.
It was the Premier League side that made the brighter start, with Luke McGee doing well to keep out Tyrone Mings’ deflected drive.
Mousset then met Ryan Fraser’s cross with a firm header that had to be cleared by a well-placed Pitman.
And Bournemouth broke the deadlock on nine minutes, as Afobe got down the right and cut the ball back for Mousset to fire home.
But the Blues grew into the game as the first half progressed and a left-footed attempt by Kyle Bennett from outside of the box narrowly cleared the crossbar.
Pitman then had a shot inadvertently blocked by Chaplin before heading Kal Naismith’s cross just over the bar.
The Cherries still threatened, though, and when McGee could not get a strong enough hand to Afobe’s angled drive, Carl Baker had to hack the ball from the line.
But Pompey were not looking over-awed and both Baker and Naismith were not too far away with efforts from distance.
Half Time: Pompey 0 Bournemouth 1
There was almost a leveller early in the second half, but Begovic showed his class by keeping out Pitman’s drive.
Pompey did grab an equaliser on 52 minutes, however, as Pitman cushioned a header into the path of CHAPLIN, who coolly slotted home.
But they were not on level terms for long, with Afobe’s neat back-heel almost immediately restoring Bournemouth’s lead.
The visitors then made a host of substitutions just before the hour mark and Defoe was among those introduced.
There were soon cries for a penalty when Bennett’s cross appeared to strike the arm of Cherries skipper Simon Francis, but referee Andy Davies was not interested.
The raft of changes ultimately took the sting out of the game and it started to meander towards a conclusion.
But Chaplin got everyone off their seats late on by drilling a left-footed shot against the base of the post.
Tareiq Holmes-Dennis’ cross then had to be cleared behind, while the impressive Christian Burgess headed over from the resulting corner.
Pompey were ultimately unable to find a second leveller, but it was certainly a performance to take comfort from against Premier League opposition.
Pompey (4-4-1-1): McGee; Evans, Davies, Burgess, Holmes-Dennis; Bennett, Baker, Rose, Naismith (Lalkovic 69); Pitman; Chaplin
Goals: Chaplin 52
Subs not used: Bass, Talbot, Whatmough, Haunstrup, May, Close, Lowe, Main, Kabamba
Bournemouth (4-2-3-1): Begovic (Federici 59); Francis (c), S.Cook (Worthington 46), Cargill (Ake 59), Mings (Daniels 46); Surman (L.Cook 59), Arter (Gosling 59); Fraser (Ibe 59), Mousset (King 59), Gradel (Pugh 59); Afobe (Defoe 59)
Goals: Mousset 9, Afobe 54
Subs not used: Mahoney, Simpson, Whitfield
Referee: Andy Davies
Attendance: 7,182 (988 away fans)
So the BBC have finally done it and thrown 50 years of tradition out of the window and cast a female Doctor.
Political correctness wins again.
I’m sure Jodie Whittaker is a fine actress but she is NOT the Doctor
The end of watching it for me.
Actress – Eliza Dushku
0 – 2
Pitman nets twice in pre-season victory
Brett Pitman bagged a brace in his first Pompey appearance to secure another pre-season victory for Kenny Jackett’s side at Bognor.
He netted at both ends of a contest that often drifted along, although fellow debutant Luke McGee made a fine stop in the second half.
The Rocks were certainly not over-awed against their higher-level opponents, but they rarely threatened to secure a share of the spoils.
The visitors made a bright start and Conor Chaplin hit a clean effort from 25 yards that flew narrowly past the post.
And the diminutive striker was involved in the goal that saw them break the deadlock with just five minutes on the clock.
He beat Rocks keeper Dan Lincoln to a poor Sami El-Abd back-pass and squared for PITMAN to slot home his first goal for the club.
The advantage was almost doubled moments later, but Lincoln got down to palm clear Carl Baker’s angled drive.
After that early flurry, however, the match soon settled into more traditional pre-season fare, with fans more interested in visiting the bar than watching what was unfolding on the pitch.
Bognor started to enjoy more possession as the half progressed and Ollie Pearce was let down by a poor touch after latching onto a ball over the top.
There was also a Baker corner at the other end that Christian Burgess was unable to divert on target.
But it was pretty slow going until Pompey finally started to show more attacking intent just before the break.
Adam May should have strengthened their lead, but fired a shot straight at Lincoln from inside the box.
Bognor’s keeper then made sure he was not beaten at his near post from Gareth Evans’ drilled effort.
(0 – 1)
The second half got off to a sedate start, although Kyle Bennett flashed a long-range attempt narrowly wide.
There was not much else to excite a healthy Nyewood Lane crowd, though, with clear-cut openings at a premium.
Tom Davies headed a free-kick wide, while a shot from May was blocked by his former team-mate Chad Field.
And an effort from Danny Rose just past the hour mark took a deflection and looped just wide of the post.
It was certainly Pompey looking more likely to add to the scoring and a lunging Pitman could not quite connect with Bennett’s low delivery from the left.
Bognor were left perturbed on 70 minutes when they tried to bring subbed defender El-Abd back on, only to be denied by the officials.
They almost levelled soon after, though, when Davies’ slip let in Tommy Scutt, but McGee came to the rescue with a fine save.
That was then matched by Lincoln at the other end, with the stopper keeping out Pitman’s acrobatic close-range flick after Davies had headed the ball towards goal.
But PITMAN did wrap things up on 86 minutes, neatly controlling Baker’s dinked pass over the defence and slotting home his second of the afternoon.
Bognor (4-2-3-1): Lincoln; Whyte (Davies 46), Field (Block 71), El-Abd (c) (Heath 46), Bird; Tuck, Lee (Beck 46); Parsons (Muitt 46), Suraci (Scutt 63), Pearce (Dolcetti 82); Wild (Rowlatt 46)
Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Evans, Burgess, Davies, Holmes-Dennis; May, Rose; Baker, Pitman (c), Bennett; Chaplin
Goals: Pitman 5, 86
Subs not used: Bass, Talbot, Whatmough, Close, Lalkovic, Naismith, Main
Referee: Gary Parsons
Transfer : Ipswich Town – Portsmouth
Striker pens three-year deal
Pompey have signed striker Brett Pitman from Ipswich for an undisclosed fee.
The 29-year-old former Bournemouth and Bristol City star has penned a three-year deal at Fratton Park.
Pitman turned professional with the Cherries and netted a 16-minute hat-trick against Peterborough at the start of the 2010/11 campaign.
He then spent two-and-a-half years at Bristol City before returning to Dean Court and helping the Dorest outfit reach the Premier League for the first time in their history.
Jersey-born Pitman scored more than 100 goals during his two spells with Bournemouth and joined Ipswich in the summer of 2015.
Transfer : Tottenham Hotspur – Portsmouth
Keeper pens three-year deal with Blues
Pompey have signed goalkeeper Luke McGee from Tottenham for an undisclosed fee.
The 21-year-old has penned a three-year deal at Fratton Park, having spent the majority of last season on loan at fellow League One side Peterborough.
Assistant manager Joe Gallen said: “We’re very pleased to secure the signing of Luke. He’s come through Tottenham’s academy system and they’ve produced a lot of good players.
“He went on loan to Peterborough last season and picked up the Players’ Player of the Season award.
“And he’s also someone that Kenny knows about from his time at Tottenham. He was really impressed with him.
“It’s great that we’ve been able to bring in a goalkeeper who’s good enough now and is going to improve in the future.”
McGee made 45 appearances for Peterborough last season and appeared for Tottenham in front of 70,000 fans in a friendly against AC Milan in 2015.