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Academy Hit Five In Yeovil Rout

Mayes treble secures convincing win

20 August 2017

Pompey Academy's Matt Mayes

Matt Mayes grabbed a hat-trick as Pompey Academy continued their free-scoring start to the season with a 5-1 rout of Yeovil at Furze Lane.

It was Mayes (pictured) who opened the scoring after 15 minutes with a fine volley into the top corner following some decent build-up play between Jack Chandler and Bradley Lethbridge.

The score remained the same at the interval, but the Blues quickly doubled their advantage in the second half.

Dan Smith met Mayes’ cross and the Glovers keeper could only palm the ball out to James Whiting for a simple tap-in.

Lethbridge then added his name to the scoresheet, with a lofted finish into the net just before the hour mark.

"Five goals is a good return against a physically competitive and hard-working Yeovil side."

Mikey Harris

Yeovil did manage to reduce their deficit through Devon Arnold, but Pompey were soon back on the attack and Mayes gobbled up the loose ball when the keeper parried Smith’s effort.

And Mayes fired home a fifth goal for the Blues late on to complete his treble and wrap up a comfortable victory.

Lead professional development phase coach Mikey Harris said: “It was obviously a pleasing performance, although it’s disappointing that we couldn’t keep a clean sheet.

“Five goals is a good return against a physically competitive and hard-working Yeovil side. We had to match that.

“Once we managed that we were also able to show that little bit of extra quality to secure the victory.

“Matt scored a hat-trick and he’s on fire at the moment – that’s six goals in three games for him, which is a great start.

“He leads by example and that’s why he’s been named captain this season. His worth ethic in training is fantastic and that’s paying off.”

Pompey: Collins (Birchnall 87); Chandler, Dandy, Casey, Hancott (Flint 71); Maloney (Brooks 62), Read, Smith, Whiting (Stanley 87); Mayes (c), Lethbridge (Johnston 71)


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