Pompey pick uo Trophy award

Andy Awford receives the award from Ben Wilde, brand and sponsorship manager for Johnstone's Paint
Andy Awford receives the award from Ben Wilde, brand and sponsorship manager for Johnstone's Paint
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An away day special in the opening round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy has earned Portsmouth an early-season award.

Pompey were 3-1 winners at Yeovil Town – and that impressive performance at Huish Park secured Andy Awford’s side the Team of the Round prize.

It was an impressive display from the Blues against opponents who ply their trade in League One.

A second-half double from Jed Wallace put Pompey in control, before Craig Westcarr added a third for the visitors.

Nathan Ralph grabbed a late consolation for the visitors but that couldn’t deny Awford’s men clinching what has proved to be an award-winning victory.

As well as winning a trophy, the Blues will also receive the prize of a Johnstone’s Paint product to use on a club project.

This will follow hot on the heels of Johnstone’s playing a major part in helping restore Fratton Park to its former glory as part of a major refurbishment.

For more details, please see.johnstonestrade.com/projects-awards/projects/portsmouth-f-c

Pompey boss Awford said: ‘We were delighted to get the victory at Yeovil, and for it to lead to us winning the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Team of the Round award is a real bonus.

‘It was a really good team performance on the night and hopefully it will prove the start of a long run in the competition.’

Ben Wilde, brand and sponsorship manager for Johnstone’s Paint, said: ‘It was a very tough decision because there were some excellent first round performances, including Leyton Orient and Scunthorpe beating last year’s finalists Peterborough and Chesterfield.

‘But Portsmouth went to a team from a division higher and produced a very eye-catching display and result and that tipped the balance in the favour of Pompey.’

The Blues’ reward for their first-round victory is a second-round home tie with Northampton Town on Tuesday. (kick-off 7.45pm).