Havant and Waterloo 3 v 1 Pompey
Havant & Waterlooville 3 (Holdsworth 15, Baptiste 83, Poate 89)
Pompey 1 (Todorov 32)
With two games in as many days Harry Redknapp decided to split his first team squad between the Havant & Waterloovile, and the Dorchester games. The Havant game proving to be a difficult affair with Pompey slipping to 3-1 defeat!
A weakened, yet still strong enough Pompey side, which included more than a few first team squad regulars including Dean Kiely, Andy Griffin, Linvoy Primus, Andy O`Brien, Richard Hughes and Svetoslav Todorov almost fell behind in a scrappy opening, Havant`s Mo Harkin putting a header narrowly wide.
With 11 minutes on the clock, and Svetoslav Todorov making a fine run, Richard Hughes was unable to find the right pass, over hitting his effort out of play.
Former Premiership striker Dean Holdsworth, who had hugely successful spells with both Wimbledon and Bolton gave the Hawks the lead in the 15th minute. Brett Poate's free-kick finding the head of Holdsworth who powered home.
After a good move down the right involving youngsters Franck Songo`o and Marc Wilson failed to result in anything Richard Pacquette almost had Havant two in front, his spectacular effort from 25-yards just missing the target.
Ivica Mornar`s cross was almost turned in for Pompey`s second own goal in two games, before Todorov was able to equalise on 32 minutes, running on to a through ball to beat Gareth Howells.
As with the start of first half, the second seemed to pass uneventfully along until Kiely`s double save to deny Pacquette`s shot, then Baptitste`s follow up.
Midway through the second half Pompey introduced Nick Jordan in place of Kiely, and with time running out he was beaten by Baptiste on 83 minutes. Baptiste and Jordan had collided as the forward ran on to a through ball, a touch proving enough to see the ball trickle its way into the net to put the Hawks 2-1 up.
Baptiste, a first half substitute for Holdsworth almost scored a third, and what would have been his second, five minutes later. Victory however was assured through Poate`s 30-yard free-kick in the last minute.
A largely disappointing game, and despite two of the Hawks` goals coming late, the club will be unhappy with this result, and indeed performance.
Kiely (Jordan 83)
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