Hawks step in for Pompey

Steve Cotterill's men have missed their date with Real Betis
Steve Cotterill's men have missed their date with Real Betis
Brett Pitman picked up a broken nose when scoring Pompey's opener against Fleetwood on Saturday Picture: Joe Pepler

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THE HAWKS face Real Betis tonight after Pompey were unable to fulfil their fixture with the Spanish La Liga side.

Betis head to Westleigh Park for a 6.30pm kick-off after the Hawks stepped in at the last minute to provide opposition.

Pompey were left stranded in America after their flight home on Thursday was unexpectedly grounded.

The Betis game was to be Pompey’s final warm-up match before the start of the Championship next Saturday.

A friendly at Dorchester will take place on Tuesday night, but the Blues will not be fielding a first-team squad for the visit.

The testimonial for the Magpies’ Mark Jermyn had originally been earmarked as a run out for Pompey’s Academy.

The entire Pompey squad are expected to be back in England by tomorrow.

However, the club are not considering fielding their first teamers on Tuesday night.

That means there will be no other friendlies ahead of the August 6 trip to Middlesbrough.

Thursday’s scheduled US 732 flight was scrapped after a catering truck is believed to have collided with their US Airways plane.

It has been claimed it had left a hole in the plane.

The Blues’ travelling party and 17 supporters had been set to catch the 6.25pm flight from Charlotte Douglas airport but it was cancelled.

Kanu and Jamie Ashdown flew back yesterday, with the remainder of the group flying back today.

Meanwhile, Pompey supporters returning home have been redirected. Some had to travel as far as Canada, while others went via Atlanta, Philadelphia or Tampa.

Tickets for the Hawks’ game with Betis cost £10 for adults and £5 concessions.