Pompey Smash Hawks

Last updated : 13 July 2016 By Jim Bonner

Pompey recorded their second pre-season victory with an emphatic 5-0 thrashing of Havant & Waterlooville at Westleigh Park tonight.

Prior to the match the Hawks announced that Wes Fogden had signed for them once again whilst Matt Tubbs left Portsmouth to join Forest Green Rovers, where he scored on his debut against Cardiff this evening.

Gary Roberts opened the scoring following a neat move rounded by Milan Lalkovic and the Isthiman Premier League side were being carved open as Carl Baker could have had a hat-trick before he finally did find the net with a superb strike that crashed the underside of the crossbar on the stroke of half-time.

The constant flurry of attacks continued after the break as Baker grabbed his second goal of the game when Ryan Young could only parry Lalkovic's shot to Roberts who squared the ball to the ex-MK Dons midfielder who duly tapped in.

The second goal of the game may have been the best on the night but it's the fourth that will probably have most Pompey fans talking tomorrow as it was scored by trialist Noel Hunt.

The 33-year-old is best known for his scoring exploits at Reading and is currently without a club after leaving Southend in the summer. He isn't really prolific and probably wouldn't offer Pompey anything up front that they already have. Still, we shall see what Paul Cook thinks of him.

The fifth goal was scored by Curtis Main after Christian Oxlaide-Chamberlain robbed a Havant defender of the ball and again Young could only spill his shot into the path of a Pompey player.

Main almost had a second at the end of the game but his long range strike smashed the post and Pompey had to settle for just the five goals on an evening where they looked a class above their opposition with Michael Crowe barely tested in the Portsmouth goal.

Whilst it would be foolish to read too much into the performance in a pre-season match against a team now three divisions below Pompey, it was good to see some flowing attacks and Baker really did shine on the night.

Pompey's next friendly is at Sutton on Saturday. Who knows what new faces we may see at that game?