Reserves: Portsmouth 0 Chelsea 1

Last updated : 08 December 2004 By Keith Allman
Anyone turning out at West Leigh Park tonight hoping to see some stars from Stamford Bridge would've gone home disappointed. Indeed the only big name was that of young keeper Yves Ma Kalambay, sitting on the bench.

Although the likes of Wapenaar, Buxton, Mezague and Hughes got into the Pompey line-up, overall the make up of the eleven was the typical mish-mash of youth. Being involved in four first team competitions is clearly taking a toll on Chelsea, as the only vaguely recognisable name on their team sheet was keeper Lenny Pidgeley, who spent last year at Watford.

The first half was a dour affair, Liam Horsted linking up with Richard Hughes to carve out Pompey's only real chance. In the second half Horsted went close twice more, only to see shots blocked. James Keene, freshly returned from a loan spell at Kidderminster, also could've put Pompey ahead but missed the target.

The home side were left to rue the mistakes as Chelsea scored the only goal of the game. Woodards converted a left wing cross to ensure that the Londoners would travel home with the spoils of victory, although on the upside for the young blues a decent second half performance will serve as some encouragement.