Goalless draw at Furze Lane
Hall; Grange, Saidy (Field 74), Wakley, McDowell; Scutt, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Haitham 46), Rwakarambwe (c) (Granger 88); Bradbury, Sayers, BedfordPompey:
“Torquay are a very direct and physical side, but we matched them and I was delighted with the overall performance.”
“Nick Hall looked very composed between the sticks and the back four dealt with whatever our opponents could throw at them.
“Kaleem Haitham put a great ball in for the latter and a goal would have capped a solid performance for Harvey on his first start.
“We created a couple of excellent chances, although unfortunately Liam and Harvey could not quite manage to take them.
“And they certainly took their chance – we controlled the game and had a lot of possession.
Academy coach Mikey Harris said: “We made the decision to give several of our younger players the opportunity to step up and play at a higher level.
Liam Sayers and Harvey Bradbury had the best opportunities to secure victory for the hosts, but both narrowly failed to find the target.
The Blues fielded eight under-16s in the starting line-up, opting to rest several players ahead of Monday’s clash at Home Park.
Pompey Academy warmed up for their FA Youth Cup tie against Plymouth by playing out a goalless draw with Torquay at Furze Lane.