Hawks to receive another Pompey windfall

Pompey fans will be back at Westleigh Park when the Blues take on Coventry. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey fans will be back at Westleigh Park when the Blues take on Coventry. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Westleigh Park to host Pompey friendly with Coventry on July 21
  • Crowd of 2,520 present for the Blues’ visit on Saturday in a 1-1 draw

The Hawks’ coffers are to benefit from another Pompey money-spinner following the announcement of an additional Blues friendly.

The National League South outfit have agreed to stage Pompey’s Tuesday, July 21 friendly against Coventry City (7.30pm).

The club has come to an arrangement with Pompey to charge them to use our facilities and a fee has been agreed which both Pompey and us are happy with

Trevor Brock

For Paul Cook’s side, it represents a sixth pre-season fixture as they prepare for the League Two campaign ahead.

With Fratton Park not yet ready to host football, the Hawks agreed to step in and provide the facilities.

The agreement will involve Pompey paying a fee to their neighbours.

Last weekend’s visit of the Blues saw a gate of 2,520, with the Hawks receiving all gate receipts.

Now they are to benefit once again for next week’s arrival of the League One Sky Blues.

Hawks director Trevor Brock said: ‘Mark Catlin spoke to our chairman (Derek Pope) about an extra game and we were more than happy to help, as we tend to do with most things to do with Pompey. The pitch is in excellent condition and even though we will now total five pre-season games on it, that is not a concern.

‘We also had a friendly the same night at Portchester and that has now been moved 24 hours earlier so the Pompey game wouldn’t impact on attendance.

‘The club has come to an arrangement with Pompey to charge them to use our facilities.

‘And a fee has been agreed which both Pompey and us are happy with.

‘Saturday went very well off the pitch without any great problems, just like it always does for these pre-season fixtures.

‘Paul Cook enjoyed the playing surface and I believe we treated his players with respect.

‘Now we look forward to welcoming them back to play Coventry.’

Tickets are set at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions – a marked reduction from top prices of £15 for Saturday’s friendly.

That Westleigh Park fixture provided an entertaining match, the teams sharing a 1-1 draw.

Adrian Clifton opened the scoring for the hosts in the 21st minute before Michael Doyle levelled just after half-time.

Nonetheless, Lee Bradbury’s side produced an impressive performance, particularly in the opening 45 minutes.

And Brock was delighted with their showing.

He added: ‘I thought it was a very good game all-round and certainly Lee Bradbury was pleased with the performance.

‘What we usually tend to do is put out a strong team in the first half and then bring on a lot of young players in the second.

‘But we end up losing.

‘However this year we decided to mix it up and even it out, with the likes of Matt Paterson and James Hayter coming on at half-time.

‘The players equipped themselves very well, particularly in the first half when I felt they were tremendous.’