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Blues Exit Hampshire Cup

Young side beaten 2-1 at Andover New Street

19 September 2018

Pompey Reserves
Photo: Colin Farmery

Blues Exit Hampshire Cup

Young side beaten 2-1 at Andover New Street

19 September 2018

Pompey’s Hampshire Cup return was short-lived, as they suffered a second round defeat to Andover New Street at Foxcotte Park.

It was a youthful side of academy players that represented the Blues – who received a bye through to this stage – against Wessex Premier Division opposition.

And although Alfie Stanley gave them the lead, Shane’s Lock’s brace ensured it was the hosts that progressed.

Andover should have gone ahead in the opening seconds, only for Zac Neve to nod Lock’s cross wide.

And the Blues made them pay for their profligacy by going straight up the other end to break the deadlock.

STANLEY’s first shot was kept out by George Baxter, but the teenage forward was alert enough to stab in the rebound.

Far from being daunted at falling behind, however, the home side continued to attack and were camped in Pompey’s half for long periods.

Leon Pitman made a mess of a long ball that was punted forward, but with Neve lurking, the keeper recovered to deal with the danger.

Stan Bridgman then lost possession as the visitors continued to labour and Max Allen drilled a shot narrowly past the post.

But Andover were level on 39 minutes, with a corner from Callum Sweeney scrambled home by Lock at the near post.

They almost went ahead just before the break, with a free-kick from substitute Luke Neller well saved by Pitman.

Half Time: Andover New Street 1 Pompey 1

The rain was lashing down as the second half got underway and Josh Flint flashed a shot wide for Pompey.

And they had an opportunity to retake the lead when skipper Joe Dandy met a Freddie Read free-kick.

But Baxter made the save and Stanley scuffed his follow-up effort right back into the arms of the keeper.

The hosts then threatened when a cross from Kieron Le Brun was diverted narrowly past the post by Sweeney.

And they did take the lead just past the hour mark, as Lock came in from the left and fired a shot into the net.

Pitman then escaped with a yellow card after impeding Sweeney outside the box, with the Andover player’s soft free-kick easily gathered by the reprieved goalkeeper.

Pompey might have levelled when Baxter failed to deal with Harry Kavanagh’s high ball, but Stanley could not keep his shot down.

And although it was the hosts that looked in control, Haji Mnoga sent a header just off target in the closing stages.

Andover New Street: Baxter; Stubbs, Le Brun, Coleman (c) (Wilson 46), Thorne; Allen (Neller 37), Alderman, Lock, Sweeney; Neve (Thompson 81), Hine
Subs not used: Georgiou, Crisp

Pompey: Pitman; Kavanagh (Robb 80), Mnoga, Dandy (c), Kelly (Bruce 86); Johnston (Whiting 64), Bridgman, Read, Flint; Maloney, Stanley

Referee: Alex James

Attendance: 531

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