Tarbuck sends timely reminder to Pompey boss

Bradley Tarbuck scored all four goals for Pompey youth
Bradley Tarbuck scored all four goals for Pompey youth
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey boss points to lack of cutting edge

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Bradley Tarbuck took centre stage as he blasted all four goals to earn Pompey’s youngsters a 4-1 friendly victory against South Downs Hawks Academy.

With Blues boss Guy Whittingham watching on, Tarbuck pressed his claims for first-team action at some point next season with a fine display in front of goal.

The striker opened the scoring on 10 minutes, cutting a path through along the line before beating keeper Charlie Searle with a cross-shot that raced into the roof of the net.

Then, after Pompey striker Conor Chaplin had a goal ruled out for offside, play broke quickly in favour of the hosts and Liam Bradbury – watched by his dad, Hawks boss, Lee – raced clear to beat keeper Alf Raine at his near post for an equaliser.

But Pompey quickly regained the initiative, thanks to a fine clearance from Chad Field that Ben Close took on. He sent Chaplin clear to create the easiest of chances for Tarbuck who duly buried a shot into an empty net.

Even then there was enough time left before the interval for Lewis Gill and the impressive Chaplin to set up Tarbuck and he completed his hat-trick.

Pompey Academy manager Andy Awford made numerous changes to his side for the second half, with South Korean Jae Heon Kim quickly settling into the side and going close with a shot that raced just over.

Late on, Tarbuck – with his last touch before both he and Chaplin were substituted – stepped up to blitz home a free-kick from long distance.

South Downs Hawks Academy:

C Searle, Travis, Bartlett-Scott, Wedlake, Frost, O Searle, Bradbury, Brown, Benfield, Messenbird, Newman. Subs: Hammond, Whittingham, Lewis, Palmer, Fry, Eaton, Gale, Atkinson, Thorn, Butwell, Gates, Liddiard, Hunt, Kimber, Hursthouse, Stirratt, Ridge, Steere.

Pompey Academy: Raine, Haunstrup, Field, Whatmough, Medway, Close, Tarasenko, Tarbuck, Gill, Chaplin, Cook. Subs: Rawakarambwe, Paris, Davies, Kim, Rutherford, May, Joseph.