Bright start to new year for resilient Portsmouth

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Ebonie Jones

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A superb comeback from Portsmouth under-11s saw them secure a 4-1 Surrey League win against Woking.

The local juniors, who are unbeaten from eight outings this season, found themselves 1-0 down at half-time.

But they responded superbly to run in four second-half goals and make it a great start to 2014.

Woking opened the scoring after just 10 minutes.

But the Portsmouth side have plenty of character.

They came out firing for the second half and took just five minutes to pull level.

Jack Turner headed home from an Owen Scoggins corner.

Scoggins assisted again two minutes later, delivering another corner for Charlie Bell to fire home from close range for a 2-1 lead.

The local youngsters continued to impress and Callum Scopes hit their third goal.

Jake Jellinek then found the back of the net from a Toby Knight cross with five minutes remaining to secure all three points.

Portsmouth turn their attentions to the Berkshire League on Saturday when they travel to take on Newbury (10.30am).

The under-11s have four Berkshire League wins under their belts to date, following victories against St Albans, Woking, Gloucester and Sutton so far.

Gosport & Fareham Schools under-15s play away at North Somerset in the last 16 of the ESFA all England cup on Saturday.

They will try and go one better than the under-13s and reach the quarter finals.

The young guns failed in their bid to reach the last eight of this prestigious all England competition.

In a match that was a credit to both teams, Gosport lost 5-4 to Bristol & South Gloucestershire.

Bristol took a 1-0 lead on 10 minutes, only for Gosport to equalise straight from the kick-off through Matt Simm.

Josh McCormick scored direct from a free-kick to level again after Gosport had gone 2-1 behind.

Simm then struck his second to give Gosport a 3-2 lead.

But Bristol hit back with three goals to take a 5-3 advantage.

Harvey Clark cracked in a superb goal to reduce the deficit to 5-4.

Gosport then piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser.

But the closest they came was when Bradley Lethbridge fired against the crossbar.

– graeme hollinshead

& bob mchale