Portsmouth stage great comeback to beat Teddington in Hampshire/Surrey League

It was Portsmouth’s turn to stage a great comeback in their second Hampshire/Surrey Regional 2 game of the new season.

Tuesday, 6th October 2020, 2:19 pm
Owen Barnes in action for Portsmouth 2nds against Swanage.

In their opening fixture they had led Sunbury & Walton Hawks 4-2 at Furze Lane only to end up losing 5-4.

This time they hit back from 1-3 down at half-time to triumph 4-3 at Teddington 2nds thanks to a late winner from man of the match Stu Avery.

Portsmouth had taken the lead through a breakaway Will Hartley goal, before newly-relegated Teddington struck twice from short corners before adding a third from open play on the stroke of half-time.

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Coach Chris Wimshurst’s passionate half-time talk clearly had an impact as Portsmouth came out revitalised.

As Teddington picked up a number of cards, the visitors kept their discipline and made full use of their numerical advantage.

Chris Bollam reduced the deficit before Adam Payne equalised and Avery plundered a late winner.

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Portsmouth 2nds defeated Swanage & Wareham to claim their opening Hampshire Division 3 win of 2020/21.

They took the lead on 30 minutes through sub Rudi Lambert and continued to attack with Owen Barnes and Caleb Rowland impressing.

Barnes, from a well-worked short corner routine, completed the scoring in the second period.

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A late equaliser from Colin Brown gave Portsmouth 3rds a 2-2 draw at Southampton 3rds in Divison 5.

The visitors had taken a first half lead with Tom Love netting after an amazing piece of skill from Alfie Hall.

Southampton levelled before the interval and took the lead 10 minutes from time when Portsmouth were reorganising following a green card for defender Adam Harley.

Brown, though, had the final say in the closing minutes with goalkeeper Jack Hargreaves voted Portsmouth’s man of the match.

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Dylan Houghton netted on his debut but Portsmouth 4ths were beaten 2-1 at home by Southampton Otters in their opening Division 7 fixture.

US Portsmouth 2nds are top of the embryonic table after hammering Salisbury 4ths 11-0 in their first match.

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With a few long term injuries affecting availability, Portsmouth Vets just about managed to get a team together to travel to Chichester.

Tim Schofield had the toughest task in nullifying the hosts’ most skilful midfielder, despite his rival being over 20 years younger than him, but he was up to the task.

Portsmouth keeper Alex Metcalfe pulled off some stunning saves to win the man of the match award in a 1-1 draw.

Following good interplay between Mark Wheeler and Pete Rayner in midfield, Portsmouth had taken the lead when Schofield set up John Pratt to score.

After Chichester levelled, Portsmouth’s Pete Rayner had a penalty and a penalty corner saved in the final 10 minutes.