Pompey Held By Claridge's Boys

Last updated : 19 July 2016 By Jim Bonner

Pompey were held to a 2-2 draw at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium tonight as Steve Claridge's Salisbury hit back twice to earn a draw.

A strong side with just the one trialist (Chris Konopka; a 31-year-old goalkeeper with only a handful of professional appearances) dominated large parts of the game and scored a couple of good goals by Noel Hunt and Gary Roberts.

However, one of the huge problems of Portsmouth's campaign from last season reared its ugly head during this game as both Salisbury goals came from corners, the first of which was scored almost immediately after Pompey took the lead.

Michael Smith also made his first appearance of pre-season but managed to miss a couple of good chances. He, and the rest of the squad will have the chance to really sharpen up when Fratton Park welcomes AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.

In the meantime, you may want to stay off social media tonight as certain people contemplate how the team favourites for the League Two title could only draw with a side that will be playing in the Southern League Division One South & West this season!