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Academy Hit Five More In Latest Victory

Forest Green become Pompey's latest victims

27 August 2017

Pompey Academy

Pompey Academy continued their goal-laden start to the season with a 5-3 victory at Forest Green.

They have now scored 19 times – and conceded a 10 – in their opening four Youth Alliance League fixtures.

The visitors broke the deadlock midway through the first half when Bradley Lethbridge (pictured) stole possession and slotted into the net.

And Matt Mayes continued his prolific form, slipping between two defenders to convert a cross from the right and give the Blues a comfortable lead at the interval.

Rovers pulled one back following the restart, only for Lethbridge to then outpace their back-line and smash a shot into the top corner.

"We’d worked on pressing our opponents earlier in the week, so it was pleasing to see that lead to two of our goals."

Mikey Harris

Again Forest Green hit back to reduce their deficit, but once more Pompey restored their two-goal advantage, with Dan Smith scoring from the spot after Joe Hancott had been brought down in the box.

The hosts were certainly not prepared to lie down, however, and netted their third of the contest before Matt Casey headed home from Smith’s free-kick to finally wrap up the points.

Lead professional development phase coach Mikey Harris said: “The boys worked very hard and ultimately deserved the win.

“But our quality in possession wasn’t as high as we would have hoped and our decision-making certainly wasn’t at its best.

“We’d worked on pressing our opponents earlier in the week, so it was pleasing to see that lead to two of our goals.

“It’s clear that we’re scoring freely at the moment, but we’re also conceding far too many and it’s something that will need to be addressed.

“Our defending needs to be better and we must work out how to improve that without compromising our attacking play.”

Pompey: Collins; Chandler, Casey, Dandy, Kelly (Hancott 46); Maloney (Johnston 55), Brooks, Read, Whiting (Flint 61); Lethbridge, Mayes (c) (Smith 55)
Sub not used: Birchnall

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