Pompey ease to victory at Thurrock

Miles Storey in action at Thurrock. Picture: Joe Pepler
Miles Storey in action at Thurrock. Picture: Joe Pepler
Dion Donohue. Picture: Colin Farmery

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Pompey’s pre-season continued tonight with a useful 2-0 win against Thurrock.

Andy Awford’s side were comfortable winners after two first-half goals from Craig Westcarr gave them the advantage against the side managed by former Pompey left-back Mark Stimson.

It was a largely lacklustre opening at Ship Lane against a side playing in the Ryman League north division – the eighth tier of English football.

Johnny Ertl mustered a header on target from an eighth-minute corner but that was the only chance of note before Pompey took the lead 12 minutes before the break.

It was a smart swivel-shot on the volley from Westcarr from 20 yards but Thurrock keeper Andy Walker should have done more to stop it trickling in off the post.

Jed Wallace then fizzed a shot just wide before Westcarr got his second six minutes before the break.

That was a smart piece of finishing from the man who arrived from Walsall in the summer, as he found space in the box to guide home an assured finish.

Alex Wynter then rifled a shot narrowly over before the interval.

The young Crystal Palace loanee then had opportunities in the second half for the Blues but couldn’t force in decent chances from set-pieces.

But he was the only player to get 90 minutes under his belt as Awford rang the changes.

Ryan Bird hit the crossbar late on and Andy Barcham had a goal ruled out for offside with the last kick of the game.

But Pompey could be content with another decent workout in warm conditions in Essex.