Strong Blues side held by Hawks

Ryan Bird was lively for Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ryan Bird was lively for Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler
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A Pompey XI containing several first-team players battled to a goalless draw with neighbours Hawks at Westleigh Park.

The swiftly-arranged friendly afforded Blues fans a first look at new goalkeeper Peter Brezovan and valuable game time for squad members unused in Tuesday night’s 2-0 victory over Northampton.

Club captain Johnny Ertl, Andy Barcham, Ryan Bird, Adam Webster, Nick Awford, Ben Close and Jack Maloney were named in a strong Pompey line-up.

Dan Butler also started after his injury-time cameo against the Cobblers.

For Bradbury’s side, it was an opportunity to assess personnel and systems as they look to end a three-game winless start to the Vanarama Conference South season against Staines on Saturday.

Barcham and Bird were the pick of the Blues side and both were expertly denied in the first-half by Hawks keeper Ryan Young.

Brezovan was largely untroubled in the visitors’ goal but the Hawks certainly made a match of it as Ben Swallow and Harry Wedlake both fired shots wide of goal either side of the break.

The Blues had the best chance to win it late on when Barcham and Bird combined but the latter saw his volley go the wrong side of the post.