HAWKS 2 Portsmouth 5
Following a comfortable 6-1 victory last week at Horndean, Paul Doswell’s men gave a good account of themselves in front of nearly 3,000 fans at the Draper Tools Community Stadium, as they were defeated 5-2 by League One side Portsmouth.
After being postponed last year due to Covid-19, the annual friendly between the Hawks and Pompey represented the second pre-season test for both teams ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
It was a bright start from the visitors with Marcus Harness and John Marquis both having chances early on.
But it was the Hawks who took the lead when Tommy Wright let fly from range. His left-footed strike gave Alex Bass no chance in the Portsmouth goal as the ball found the top corner.
However, Pompey got on level terms quickly, as Ryan Tunnicliffe found the net following good build-up play in the penalty area on 17 minutes.
Marquis almost put the Blues in front for the first time inside half hour, but his low effort was comfortably tipped to safety by Worner.
The Hawks regained the lead after 30 minutes when James Roberts fired in another goal from distance. The striker took one touch on the edge of the area before curling his effort away from the out-stretching Bass and into the bottom corner.
HT – HAWKS 2 Portsmouth 1
Danny Cowley’s men came out the second half all guns blazing and quickly turned the game on its head. Their trialist striker netted two in two minutes with both coming from close range.
Worner started to become the busier of the two goalkeepers and was brought into action again by a Pompey trialist who tried their luck from an angled free-kick on 65 minutes.
The Hawks went two goals behind soon after when Portsmouth winger Reeco Hackett-Fairchild cut inside Joe Newton and curled the ball into the bottom corner.
Substitute Abdulai Baggie almost pulled one back for the Hawks on 76 minutes. He took on two Pompey defenders before bending the ball inches over the crossbar.
Pompey netted their fifth of the game with 10 minutes to play as their trialist striker beat Worner for the third time. He controlled the ball well inside the area and on the swivel managed to poke the ball under the goalkeeper to complete his hat-trick.
Following a strong first-half from the Hawks, it was Pompey who in the end came out on top. It was a second-half hat-trick from a trialist striker that helped the visitors on their way to victory at the Draper Tools. The Hawks will dust themselves down and prepare for their third test of pre-season next week against Bognor Regis.
FT – HAWKS 2 Portsmouth 5
Hawks Starting XI –
Worner, Passley, Oastler ©, Magri, Collins, Newton ,McCarthy, Rooney, Wall, Wright, Roberts
Subs used –
Rowe, Widdrington, Baggie, Clifford, Rendell
Subs not used –
Written by: Ryan Honey