Sean Raggett thanked Hawks for offering Pompey a stiff pre-season workout.
The Blues were made to work hard for their 2-1 win at Westleigh Park this afternoon.
Raggett, who has previously played at Conference South level, knew that would be the case as he faced some familiar faces.
And the 25-year-old was pleased he came through his latest warm-up with no hitches after being hindered by an ankle problem last term.
Raggett said: ‘I’ve played in this league myself and I’ve played against a few of the players they had out, so I knew what to expect.
‘Mags (Sam Magri) is a good friend of mine and I spoke to him after. I’m sure I’ll see more of them now I’m living in Portsmouth
‘It’s a decent standard and they played well. It was a good test for us.
‘I felt good personally and my ankle felt fine. It was all good.’