Louis Castles helped himself to a hat-trick as AFC Portchester opened their pre-season campaign with a 3-1 victory at Selsey.
While Castles duly received the appreciation of boss Graham Rix and coach Louis Bell when substituted late on, everyone in the colours of Portchester played their part, none more so than midfielder Joe Bye.
The Wessex League premier club included several new signings in their 18-man squad, including former Pompey youngster Lewis Stockford and Jack Salter-Vaile.
The duo formed a defensive partnership that the Sussex County League division one outfit found difficult to break down.
Indeed, Portchester keeper Adrian Holman had little to do other than to pick the ball out from the back of his net late on after Selsey’s Matt Wood had grabbed a consolation.
Portchester were clear winners by that point, though, Castles giving them a 15th-minute lead after good build-up play by Simon Woods and Liam Horsted.
Just before the interval, Woods side-stepped his marker and created an opening for Castles to go clear and beat Selsey keeper Sam Joyce.
Early in the second half, Bye floated a cross into the far post where Craig Hardy headed the ball into the path of Castles who duly applied the easiest of finishes to compete his hat-trick.
At the final whistle, AFC Portchester’s director of football Mick Jenkins heaped praise on the performance of his side.
‘We have some very talented players in our squad and the performance shows they are listening and learning,’ said Jenkins.
‘The only disappointment was not keeping a clean sheet after racing into a three-goal lead but at least that will be sorted out in the next training session and before our friendly against Pagham next Saturday.’
AFC Portchester: Holman, Pittman, Maddison, Harding, Cresswell, Stockford, Salter-Vaile, Bye, Woods, Castles, Horsted. Subs: Thomas, Black, Cleiffe, Stone, Kendal, Fancy.