Salop lost 3-1 in a spirited performance against a decent Portsmouth side.
After all the pre match excitement it was down to business for the boys in white to find our first away win of the season. The 2 teams were;
Salop – Chris Weale, Jermaine Grandison, Luke Summerfield, Michael Hector, Lee Collins, Matt Richards, Asa Hall, Marvin Morgan, Paul Parry, Aaron Wildig (Terry Gornell 65), Jon Taylor (Sam Winnall 65)
Subs: Gavin Ward (Goal-Keeping Coach), Joe Jacobson, Rob Purdie, Mark Wright, Darren Jones, Sam Winnall, Terry Gornell
Pompey – Mikkel Andersen, Mustapha Dumbuya, Jon Harley (Ashley Harris 75), Lee Williamson, Brian Howard (c ), Izale McLeod, Wes Thomas, Gabor Gyepes, Akos Buzsaky (Jack Compton 84), Johnny Ertl, Lubomir Michalik
Subs: Simon Eastwood, Josh Thompson, Liam Walker, Luke Rodgers, Adam Webster
The lads started off very bright and saw a lot of the ball and nearly had a early goal if it wasn’t for Pompey’s keeper Andersen smartly saving from a Parry shot, This seemed to wake Portsmouth up a bit and could have had a goal soon if the goal was inches wider.
Towards the end of the half, Parry had 2 great chances. First of all he managed to hit the roof of the Fratton End from 2 yards out after Morgan was strong and slid in a lovely ball across the face of goal. The second was a sweetly struck free kick but yet again Andersen made a great save to keep the scoreline at nil nil.
The away fans we loving the performance and gave the team a great send off at the end of the first half then it was off to the buffet bar for a drink and a bite to eat before spending another 45 minutes singing their hearts out.
This is what greets you as you walk to the Ticket Office
The second half kicked off and straight from the off Portsmouth seemed more up for it and were soon ahead after a mistake from Hector let ex Barnet boy Mcleod get through and round the keeper. We believe Hector could have done better on the line as well but seemed to get his feet twisted.
5 minutes later Wes Thomas fired home to make it 2-0 and it seemed the flood barriers had been opened.But Morgan fired in after Summerfield had a great shot parried away by Andersen. But Morgan reacted first and fired the ball away to make it 2-1.
Unfortunately 30 seconds later he was sent off. Firstly he gave away a foul to pick up a yellow card but he decided to say something which earnt him a straight red. Since then we have found out that he will serve a 2 match ban.
Even with 10 men Salop would not lie down and nearly grabbed a 2nd goal when a goalmouth scramble ended up with Grandison having a shot cleared off the line. Gornell and Winnall were running the front line really well but just couldn’t find that all important equal.
6 minutes were added on (don’t know where from) and salop kept pushing forward but with all the pressure they couldn’t capitalize and Portsmouth yet again caught the defense asleep and Mcleod punished us again and wrapped up the 3 points for Portsmouth by lifting the ball into the net to make it 3-1.
The final whistle went and all 617 Salop fans stayed behind to applaud the team off the pitch. You could see how gutted certain players were with Matt Richards spending the longest time to clap the travelling supporters.
There are plenty of positives to take from Saturday and the main one is we are creating ourselves more chances and coming closer to scoring goals. The likes of Hall and Summerfield are now taking on the challenge and are having a go from outside the box. If it wasn’t for the fact we were up against a decent goalkeeper then it would have been a totally different story.
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