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ACADEMY SEE OFF YEOVIL

28 August 2016

Wakley and Widdrington on target for young Blues

Pompey Academy continued their unbeaten start to the season by coming from behind to beat Yeovil 2-1 at Furze Lane.

The visitors opened the scoring against the run of play after Eddie Wakley had conceded a penalty.

But it was Wakley who made amends before the break when he powerfully headed home a cross by Tommy Scutt.

And Theo Widdrington (pictured) then nodded in the winner from close range in the second half to take his tally to four goals in three games.

Academy coach Mikey Harris said: “We started the game really well, dominating possession and creating plenty of chances.

“Tommy could perhaps have done better after making some great runs into the box, but we were on the front foot.

“It seemed like it would only be a matter of time before we went ahead, but as so often happens in these situations, Yeovil caught us napping on the counter-attack.

“They got down the side, their striker showed a good bit of skill to come inside and Eddie just left his leg hanging to trip him. It was a definite penalty that was slammed into the bottom corner.

“We were a bit shell-shocked for a few minutes after that, but soon regained our composure and kept plugging away.

“Eddie atoned for his mistake with a good header after Tommy had hung a cross up at the back post and we went in level at half-time.

“The lads were a bit disappointed not to be ahead, but we told them that there were still another 45 minutes.

“It was more open in the second half, however, and Nick Hall made some key saves, while we also had plenty of chances at the other end.

“Harvey Bradbury had a couple of headed opportunities, one hitting the post and the other going narrowly wide.

“Sam Woodward was also very unlucky with a well-hit volley that was superbly saved by the Yeovil keeper.

“But Theo kept his great scoring run going. He was playing centre-back at the time and came up for a long throw which ricocheted off the woodwork and sat up nicely for him.

“It’s probably the easiest goal he’ll ever get, but he’s taking great delight in telling everyone that he’s currently our top scorer!

“Nick then made another fine save to ensure that we took the three points and I thought it was a result we deserved.

“We just need to make sure that we convert more of our chances when they present themselves and that’s something we’ll be working on.”

Pompey: Hall; Chandler, Casey (Whiting 70), Wakley, McDowell; Widdrington, Scutt; Bedford, Smith (Mayes 61), Bradbury; Woodward (Dandy 86)

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