Pompey impress in the sun against the Rocks

David Connolly opened the scoring for Pompey at Nyewood Lane   Picture: Paul Jacobs

David Connolly opened the scoring for Pompey at Nyewood Lane Picture: Paul Jacobs

The Pompey players celebrate winning the League Two title on the final day of the 2016-17 season following their 6-1 win against Cheltenham Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey chalked up another friendly win with a 4-2 result over Bognor.

Guy Whittingham’s men triumphed at a baking Nyewood Lane this afternoon to make it successive pre-season victories.

David Connolly gave the visitors a 35th-minute lead to cap a comfortable first half.

Whittingham once again changed his entire line-up for the second half and the Blues maintained their dominance.

In the 63rd minute Romain Padovani scored for the second match in a row and, moments later, Ricky Holmes made it 3-0.

Substitute Terry Dodds pulled a goal back for the Rocks 15 minutes from the end, only for Tom Craddock to respond immediately with a header.

In the 89th minute Bognor grabbed another when Harvey Whyte netted after Phil Smith failed to clear and it finished 4-2.

Pompey had earlier started the match brightly with Patrick Agyemang heading wide then prodding the ball over the bar from close range as the keeper raced off his life.

Bognor hit back on 11 minutes when Aaron Hopkinson cut in from the right and fired a left-foot shot which John Sullivan gathered at his second attempt.

Pompey remained comfortable throughout the first half, though, and Mark Zawadksi pulled off a smart stop to deny Andy Barcham after superb down the right from Jed Wallace.

In the 17th minute, Johnny Ertl clipped a cross in from the left which Danny East ghosted in to plant a header into the side netting.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 35th minute when Wallace drove a cross into the far post and Connolly had made the run to ram it first-time high into the net.

On 53 minutes Craddock galloped onto a ball down the left and sent a looping first-time shot over the keeper and off the top of the bar.

Pompey did extend their lead in the 63rd minute when Maloney crossed from the right and Padovani rifled a smart short into the net from the edge of the box.

Barely a minute later and it was 3-0, Craddock laying it off for Holmes to finish with his left foot.

Dodd’s smart finish in the 75th minutes saw the Rocks register, only for Craddock to convert Holmes’ cross from close range.

It was left to Whyte to complete the scoring a minute from time as it finished 4-2 to Pompey.

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