JAMIE HOWELL thanked Pompey for their part in a great day for Bognor.
The Rocks manager looked on with pride as his young squad gave Guy Whittingham’s troops plenty to think about in Saturday’s sun-baked friendly, which ended 4-2 to the visitors.
Some at Bognor had feared a cricket score in cricket weather, with Pompey having gone through several more pre-season gears than the Ryman premier club and being that much fitter and ready to cope with the energy-sapping heat.
But Pompey, who hit five at the Hawks last Tuesday, were never able to take complete control against a Rocks team who never gave up.
Howell said: ‘It was a really great day. It went well with lots of goals in front of a big, big crowd, and we couldn’t have asked for more.
‘I was a bit worried beforehand about whether we were ready for that sort of test but we rose to the challenge well.
‘If it had been too easy for Pompey it would have been a pointless exercise for them and they’d have thought twice about coming back next year.
‘Now we hope it might become a regular fixture – it would be lovely if it did.’