Pompey bid kicks off against Carlisle

Pompey's latest promotion bid will kick-off against Carlisle following today's unveiling of the League Two fixture list.

Wednesday, 22nd June 2016, 9:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 22nd June 2016, 10:22 am
Erik Huseklepp scored when Pompey shared a 1-1 draw with Blackpool in their last meeting back in 2012. Picture: Steve Reid (120497-091)

Paul Cook’s men will host the Cumbrians on Saturday, August 6, one of only two Fratton Park fixtures in their opening five league games.

That is followed by a trip to Crewe (August 13) and an arduous midweek trek to Morecambe (Tuesday, August 16).

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A home clash with newly-relegated Colchester is scheduled for August 20, while the month is completed with a visit to Exeter (August 27).

There is disappointment for the Fratton faithful with the fixture at Blackpool taking place on September 27 – a Tuesday night.

In the return encounter, the Tangerines visit Fratton Park on Tuesday, February 14.

Elsewhere, Boxing Day will be spent at Newport County, while New Year’s Eve is a trip to Yeovil.

The first fixture of 2017 will be a Fratton Park clash with Luton (Monday, January 2), who have ex-Blues boss Paul Hart among their coaching staff.

The campaign is scheduled to end on Saturday, May 6, with the visit of Cheltenham, back in League Two following a season spent in non-league.

Finally, Pompey will meet their play-off semi-final conquerors, Plymouth, on October 15 at Home Park.

The corresponding game is April 15, five matches away from the season’s end.