Hay fever at Portsmouth as 1st XI maintain second place in Hampshire/Surrey Regional 2
Pete Hayward struck the winner as Portsmouth 1sts came from behind to beat Haslemere to remain second in Hampshire/Surrey Regional 2.
The visitors grabbed the only goal of an end-to-end first half from a short corner.
As a fiesty second period progressed, Chris Bollam levelled following a well-worked short corner routine.
From another short corner, Hayward rounded an onrushing defender before hammering a shot past the Haslemere keeper.
Alex Williams grabbed a hat-trick as a strong Portsmouth 2nds won 4-2 at youthful Winchester in Division 3 of the Hampshire League.
The visitors fell behind when keeper Stephen Rowland saved from a penalty corner, but Winchester scored from the follow-up melee.
Williams opened his account from a penalty corner, and the same player added a second from a short corner.
Portsmouth moved further ahead when a counter attack resulted in a fantastic finish from Harry Hellyer at half-time.
Midway through the second half Winchester reduced the arrears but Williams completed his treble late on from another short corner.
Portsmouth 3rds hammered rock bottom Basingstoke 4ths 7-0 at Admiral Lord Nelson School in Division 5.
Paul Barnes struck five times and shared the man of the match award with his son, Owen.
Alan Ball struck twice as Division 8 leaders Portsmouth 4ths recovered from conceding an early short corner goal to win 5-2 at Fareham.
A patient and probing passing move ended with Caleb Rowland equalising, before Ball grabbed his brace.
After Fareham reduced the arrears, Ryan Rochester made it 4-2 with virtually the last touch of the first half.
Alan Duffy grabbed the only goal of the second half, scoring at the back post five minutes from time after more good work from Rowland and Rochester.
Portsmouth are now four points clear at the top after second-placed US Portsmouth 2nds were held 2-2 at Petersfield 2nds.
Portsmouth Vets faced Havant with a central defence pairing of Colin Metcalf and Andy Arnell.
They were to be kept extremely busy all game by Havant's lively attacking play.
Against the run of play, Portsmouth took the lead after 15 minutes when Andy Arnell sent a 50-yard diagonal ball to John Pratt.
He did brilliantly to control a bouncing ball and, after dribbling round the keeper, smashed in a shot from a very acute angle.
With a lot of passes going adrift, Portsmouth created very few decent moves after that and were punished by Havant's continual pressure, losing 4-1.
Portsmouth U18s boys keeper Daimaid Farrell was voted his side’s man of the match in an 8-4 loss to Fareham.
Harry Hellyer (2), Ben Hayward and Will Duffy replied.
Portsmouth’s U14s boss lost 10-3 to Bournemouth.