Pompey Academy stroll to Southend success

Pompey Academy striker Harvey Bradbury    Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Pompey Academy striker Harvey Bradbury Picture: Ian Hargreaves
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Pompey Academy recorded an impressive 3-0 win at Southend United today to continue their promising start to life in Merit League One.

The Blues have now recorded three wins from their opening five fixtures – with Theo Widdrington, Kaleem Haitham and Harvey Bradbury on target in a superb team display in Essex.

Goalless at the break, Pompey made the breakthrough on 65 minutes when Widdrington’s clever free-kick caught the Shrimpers goalkeeper out at his near post.

Ten minutes later the lead was doubled by Haitham, who netted clinically on the counter-attack.

Bradbury put the seal on the win with five minutes to play, following up after Widdrington’s stunning strike had been tipped onto the crossbar.

Coach Mikey Harris said: ‘It was a good win and just a really pleasing team performance.

‘I was delighted with the way the boys defended and also the way they dug in and worked hard on a difficult surface.

‘So I am very pleased with the performance and they, like always, are very pleased with the result!’

POMPEY ACADEMY: Collins; Scutt, Saidy, Wakley, Widdrington; Oxlade-Chamberlain, May; Haitham, Sayers (Bedford 55), Joseph-Buadi; Bradbury