Awford satisfied with positive Pompey victory

Thomas Juel-Nielsen in action for Pompey reserves against Everton under-23s Picture: Colin Farmery

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Andy Awford declared himself satisfied as Pompey came through their latest pre-season challenge in flying colours with a 6-1 win at Bognor.

The Blues led 3-1 at the break with Ryan Taylor and Miles Storey combining to grab a goal and an assist each in quick succession.

Nigel Atangana on the ball in Pompey's 6-1 win at Bognor   Picture: Joe Pepler

Nigel Atangana on the ball in Pompey's 6-1 win at Bognor Picture: Joe Pepler

Rocks striker Alex Parsons calmly reduced the arrears on a rare foray forward before Danny Hollands crashed home on the stroke of half-time.

The Blues resumed control after the break at Nyewood Lane, with Bradley Tarbuck, Andy Barcham and Jed Wallace all netting in a scoreline that did not flatter the dominant visitors.

Awford said: ‘There was a lot to be positive about but it was more about getting miles in legs and fitness levels going up a few notches.

‘We can see the players getting fitter and stronger and it’s an extension of training again today.

‘Instead of bringing the players in on a Saturday morning to train we are bringing them in to play matches.’

Despite the emphatic scoreline, Awford believed his League Two side were given a good test by their Ryman League premier neighbours.

He said: ‘Bognor knocked the ball about really well and I think they’ll do well this season.

‘It was a good test and it was pleasing to see that (the players’ performance) today.’