AFC PORTCHESTER director of football Mick Jenkins was impressed with his side’s showing after they held a young Pompey outfit to a 1-1 draw last night.
The Royals took on youngsters from the Blues’ Academy at Wicor Rec in the pre-season friendly and more than held their own.
Jenkins said: ‘They matched a very young and energetic Pompey side, who probably kept the ball better than we did, but that’s the difference between full-time and part-time players.’
Pompey took the lead on 19 minutes when Snorre Nilsen calmy slotted the ball into the far corner.
However, the hosts equalised six minutes after the break with a header from Garry Moody.
Jon Webb then produced a fine save in the dying stages to deny Pompey a late winner.
Jenkins said: ‘We’re grateful to Portsmouth for coming.
‘It’s been well supported and it’s another game for the boys to get their fitness levels up.’
Manager Graham Rix added: ‘We’re still not 100 per cent but I thought we played some decent football at times.’
Pompey Academy coach Mikey Harris believed the game was a great learning curve.
He said: ‘I was really pleased with the boys’ work ethic, especially when you think you’ve got 16 and 17-year-old lads playing against full-grown men.
‘I think the way they competed physically all over the pitch was very impressive.
‘It’s a great advert for the Academy.’
Speaking of his opponents, Harris added: ‘We like to look after the clubs in the local area and try and do our bit to help them.
‘I think everyone who came to the game would have enjoyed it.’
– SHAKILA BARABHUIYA