Tarbuck cracker sees Pompey young guns sink Bath

Bradley Tarbuck's 70th-minute winner proved the difference against Bath
Bradley Tarbuck's 70th-minute winner proved the difference against Bath
Pompey chairman Michael Eisner Pictures: Joe Pepler

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A combination of Pompey’s development squad and youngsters from Andy Awford’s Academy side mastered both the wet conditions and a strong Bath City side to earn a 1-0 victory in a friendly at Eastleigh.

Better finishing by both sides should have seen more goals but the winner for Pompey on 70 minutes was worth waiting for.

A superb flowing move by Dan Butler and Jack Maloney created an opening for Bradley Tarbuck to clinically tuck the ball in with a stylish overhead kick.

Former Pompey striker and recently-appointed Hawks manager Lee Bradbury watched on for the entire 90 minutes.

And he must have been impressed by much of what he had seen from a young Blues side, among them Butler, Elliott Wheeler and an unnamed Spanish triallist who bossed the midfield and went close to giving his side a half-time lead with a blistering long-range shot that came back into play off an upright.

The visitors had their moments, too, and it took a couple of fine saves from Pompey’s Irish keeper Connor O’Hara to deny them, twice charging out to block efforts that looked bound for the back of his net.

Late on, everything pointed to Bath snatching a late equaliser as Pompey’s defence were caught napping but O’Hara again showed plenty of courage by charging out to clear the danger.

Pompey: O’Hara, Wheeler, Butler, (Triallist), Warren, Whatmough, Maloney, Colson, Horsburgh, Tarbuck, Higgins. Subs: Hartson, Awford, Branford.