Portsmouth drop out of Hampshire/Surrey 2 top three after second successive loss

Portsmouth men’s 1sts slipped out of the top three of the Hampshire/Surrey Regional 2 table after a second successive defeat.

Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 10:53 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 2:37 pm
Caleb Rowland in possession for Portsmouth 4ths against US Portsmouth 2nds. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

A week after seeing their unbeaten run ended by leaders Aldershot & Farnham, they crashed to a disappointing 2-1 loss at Surrey Spartans.

That was despite Luke Parsons sweeping Portsmouth ahead at the back post following good work from Stu Avery and Chris Palmer.

As the half drew to a close, Surrey levelled from a short corner.

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Portsmouth score against US Portsmouth 2nds. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

The second half saw coach Chris Wimshurst change the formation, but frequent errors allowed Surrey increased possession and eventually the lead.

Portsmouth’s man of the match was Niall Gray, and the team will now aim to avoid a third successive loss against rock bottom Chichester - who have yet to collect a point - this weekend.

Portsmouth 2nds defeated Aldershot & Farnham 2nds 2-0.

After keeper Ed Smyth had pulled off some good saves, a blistering pass from Ivan Boswell was touched home by Dan Hargreaves.

Harrison Carkeek-Blakley (Portsmouth) in action against US Portsmouth during his side's 6-2 loss. Picture by Chris Moorhouse.

Adam Payne's persistent efforts up front paid off with a second goal.

Portsmouth’s lead in the second half was solidly defended by Jake Jolliffe, Jon Farmer, Simon Payne and Ben Hayward.

After taking the lead against the run of play, Portsmouth 3rds romped to a 5-2 victory at Salisbury.

Alfie Hall opened their account and, after an equaliser, David Johns restored Portsmouth’s lead at half-time.

Jason Clark of US Portsmouth. Picture by Chris Moorhouse

Following another leveller, Johns grabbed his second goal and Owen Barnes extended the lead with a powerful shot from the top of the D.

Hall completed the nap hand after collecting a smart fast pass out of defence from James Payne.

A young Portsmouth 4ths lost 6-2 at US Portsmouth 2nds.

The visitors fielded only three players over the age of 18 and were 5-0 down at the interval.

US Portsmouth's Robbie Taylor, left, and Dave Simm of Portsmouth. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

Will Duffy and Harrison Carkeek-Blakley grabbed second half consolations, with some great goalkeeping from man of the match Jack Hargreaves.

The 5ths lost 4-3 at home to Lavant, while the men’s vets XI were beaten 3-1 by US Portsmouth.

John Arnell had struck a first half leveller, while debutant keeper Gus Hickman pulled off some fine saves.

A Portsmouth 4ths goal celebration during their 6-2 loss at US Portsmouth 2nds. Picture: Chris Moorhouse
Portsmouth's Pete Wingate, left, and Liam O' Neil of US Portsmouth 2nds. Picture: Chris Moorhouse
Jason Clark (US Portsmouth 2nds) in action against Portsmouth. Picture by Chris Moorhouse.