Adam May returns to boost Pompey Academy cup bid

Adam May. Picture: Joe Pepler
Adam May. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Pompey beat Plymouth in the previous round to face Bristol Rovers
  • A tantalising home tie against Manchester City awaits the winners
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ADAM MAY is back to bolster Pompey Academy’s bid to progress in the FA Youth Cup.

The talented midfielder is presently on loan at Gosport, featuring in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Weston-super-Mare.

It’s not about results, we are in a development environment, but in the FA Youth Cup you want to win

Mikey Harris

However, under terms of his youth loan, he is allowed to be considered for Academy fixtures if required.

It means he will be absent from Alex Pike’s squad for tonight’s visit of Cowes Sports in the Russell Cotes Cup.

Instead he is available for the Blues as they tonight make the trip to Bristol Rovers (7pm) in the second round of the FA Youth Cup.

Calvin Davies (Hawks) and Liam Sayers (Dorchester) are also in the frame following beneficial time on loan away from Fratton Park recently, while Alex Bass is in contention having served on bench duty with Pompey’s first team.

And under-18s manager Mikey Harris is hoping the Blues can progress in the competition.

He said: ‘Bristol Rovers are a good side who work very hard and in Alan Walsh have a very experienced coach.

‘We played them in the first game of the season and drew 1-1 at their place after Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain equalised in stoppage time at the end of the game.

‘I felt that result was deserved, we had a right go in the second half and threw the kitchen sink at them.

‘I’m expecting a very, very tough game tonight as well.

‘With it being the FA Youth Cup, you want to play your strongest team so all those lads who have been out on loan are available.

‘I saw Adam (May) play for Gosport at the weekend and he did very well playing on the right of midfield in a 4-4-2, which was a different role and he will benefit.

‘Calvin (Davies) is back with us now after injuring his knee against Plymouth in the previous round, but he did really well at the Hawks.

‘As for Liam (Sayers), he passed a fitness test for us at the week after injury ended his time early at Dorchester, but their manager is very keen to have him back and pick up where he left off.

‘It’s not about results, we are in a development environment, but in the FA Youth Cup you want to win.

‘It is a slightly different approach, but equally a good experience of playing on a decent surface at a decent ground.’

The winners will host Manchester City in the third round.

POMPEY (from): Bass, Hall, Davies, Saidy, Wakley, McDowell, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Widdrington, Joseph-Buadi, Woodward, Scutt, Bedford, Haitham, Bradbury, Sayers, May.