LiveThurrock vs Portsmouth

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Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

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Summary

  • Full time: Thurrock 0 - 2 Portsmouth
  • Ship Lane
  • Pre-season friendly
  • Pompey name a strong side, while Thurrock's new signing Lamar Reynolds starts up top
  • Westcarr gives Pompey a first half lead

9:35pm

And that's it!

A resilient display by Thurrock...but not enough. A Westcarr brace was enough for Pompey to take victory here!

9:34pm

Offside flag goes up against  Barcham. More decent football by Pompey

9:31pm

Ryan Bird's back post header hits the bar! Great ball in from the right by Barcham.

9:30pm

Walker makes a hash of clearing the ball under pressure. It goes straight to Close but he  can't direct the ball into an empty net.

Then Alex Wynter hits the post as the resulting corner is cleared to him.

9:26pm

Nice play down the left by Thurrock, with Clark and Sutton, but no one can convert Sutton's low ball across.

9:21pm

The game's petering out a little here with 15 minutes to play. Pompey looking much more like grabbing a third than Thurrock look like mounting a comeback

9:17pm

Wynter with another miss at the backpost. This time the ball bounces over.

9:12pm

Holmes gets to the byline and cuts it back but Close shoots wide.

9:11pm

An unmarked Alex Wynter heads over. He should have made it three.

9:08pm

Honeness plays in a free kick for Fleet, the ball is headed clear. Remi Sutton whacks it over.

9:05pm

Great pace from Barcham, but Bird can't turn home his cross.

9:04pm

Callum Ibe comes on for Charlie Stimson.

And there are wholesale changes for Portsmouth now. Ben Chorley and Nicky Shorey among those.

9:03pm

Charlie Honeness finds himself in some space, 30 yards from goal. But he blasts it high and wide.

9:00pm

Excellent build up play by Pompey. Patrick Agyemang picks out Miles Storey with a lovely pass, the winger's shot is then blocked. Nice build up! 

8:57pm

Tarbuck is limping off here. Just five minutes since starting. Ricky Holmes comes on in his place.

8:55pm

Pompey's Bradley Tarbuck is down. He was holding his right ankle. The physio's on now.

8:53pm

Reynolds crosses  to the back post, but King can only head it over.

8:53pm

Reynolds crosses  to the back post, but King can only head it over.

8:52pm

There'll be a corner for Fleet here...

8:51pm

Super tackle by Rod Gilman on Ageymang on the edge of the box.

8:50pm

Charlie Honeness is another to have entered the fray for Thurrock as we get back underway here.

8:49pm

Bradley Tarbuck is also on for the visitors. Jordan Clark has come on for Fleet, meanwhile.

8:48pm

Andy Barcham is on for Jed Wallace. Ben Close is also on.

8:47pm

So the sides reemerge here. Most of the Pompey squad had stayed out on the pitch.

Expect plenty of changes....

8:35pm

So that ends a mildly entertaining first half.  Thurrock held Pompey at bay for half-an-hour, but Westcarr's quick-fire brace means Fleet trail by two at the break.

8:34pm

Thurrock 0 - 2 Portsmouth

8:33pm

Now Westmough heads Westcarr's corner to the far post just wide.

8:32pm

Thurrock retrieving possession well as they look to get a goal back before half time. Reynolds goes down in the box, but no penalty says Nigel Lugg, the referee.

8:30pm

Now Westcarr shoots over after some patient build up play, with Atangana involved.

8:28pm

It's 2-0 and Thurrock have a mountain to climb now. The ball is played out to Westcarr, who cuts in off the right and curls the ball home with his right boot.

8:27pm

GOOAAL!! Thurrock 0 - 2 PORTSMOUTH - Craig Westcarr, 39'

8:24pm

Good response to going behind by Thurrock. They're playing with a little more tempo in the final third, but still can't create an opening.

8:22pm

The ball falls for Craig Westcarr on the edge of the box, he strikes it first time on the half volley and it beats Walker, going in off the post.

8:21pm

GOOOAAALL!!! Thurrock 0 - 1 PORTSMOUTH - Craig Westcarr, 33'

8:18pm

Lewwis Clark nicks the ball in the middle and makes for goal, but his ball through is poor.

Many misplaced passes so far in this game. Neither side able to find a rhythm, as Westcarr and Wallace link up but to no avail as Wallace's cross is cleared.

8:16pm

There's a din coming from one end of the ground - as the Pompey fans brandish the drums, trumpets and bells.

8:14pm

Bit of a mix up in the Thurrock box, with Westcar wriggling to make space for a shot. But he was denied.

8:09pm

Good run to the byline by Jed Wallace, his cross is blocked...corner for Pompey...

8:09pm

Charlie Stimson finding pockets of space between the Pompey midfield and defence, but not getting much time when the ball lands at his feet.

8:04pm

Cross from the right by Storey - a decent cross, too - Walker flaps at it but the referee gives a free kick

8:02pm

Reynolds gets a cross in from the right for Thurrock, but Whatmough clears.

8:00pm

Even game so far. Thurrock not over-awed by their pro opponents. Pompey have carved the best openings, but no clear-cut chances as yet.

7:58pm

Ertl meets a Wallace corner with his head, but it's straight at Walker.

7:58pm

This is the Pompey line up:

Jones; Wynter, Webster, Whatmough, Butler; Wallace, Atangana, Ertl, Storey, Agyemang, Westcarr

7:51pm

Thurrock kicking from right to left.

Agyemang gets in an early shot but it's high and wide.

It should be noted, the Portsmouth teams given at the outset of this evening's courage is not the Pompey starting line up.

7:48pm

We're up and running!

7:47pm

Thurrock Gazette:

And here are the teams! We're minutes from kick off here.

7:47pm

Thurrock Gazette:

And here are the teams! We're minutes from kick off here.

7:44pm

Thurrock Gazette:

And here is the Thurrock squad warming up.

7:42pm

Thurrock Gazette:

Pompey warming up on the Ship Lane turf.

The evening sun's beating down - it's going to be a warm contest, this.

7:39pm

Ship Lane continues to fill up steadily. A fair few blue shirts around, with a good number of the ever-loyal Pompey following having made the trip north.

7:38pm

Fleet are having to come to terms with the loss of full back Mark Onyemah today. The hotly-tipped youngster has signed for Pompey's fellow League Two side Luton Town.

7:37pm

So that's a strong Pompey side. Jed Wallace and Craig Westcarr probably the pick of the bunch. Bound to keep Thurrock busy!

But with new signing Lamar Reynolds up top and the artful Brad Warner in the side, Fleet will hope to give Portsmouth a thing or too to think about themselves.

7:22pm

Here are the teams:

Thurrock: Walker; Clark, Sutton, Gilman, King; Stuart, Warner, Spence (c), Reynolds; Stimson, Clark.

Subs: Moore-Azille, Clark, Honeness, Ibe, Martin, Rome, Goode, Williams.

Portsmouth: Jones; Wynter, Butler, Ertl, Webster; Whatmough, Wallace, Atangana, Storey; Bird, Westcarr

Subs: Awford, Bass, Devera, Close, Shorey, Chorley, Hollands, Barcham, Tarbuck, Holmes, Agyemang.

7:18pm

It's a glorious evening at Ship Lane. The pitch, with a circular pattern in the grass, rippling out from the centre, looks immaculate.

The ground is filling up nicely.

7:17pm

Good evening!

And welcome to the Thurrock Gazette's live coverage of this pre-season clash between Portsmouth and Thurrock.

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