McCallum sends out a Pompey reminder

Paul McCallum, centre.   Picture: Malcolm Wells
Paul McCallum, centre. Picture: Malcolm Wells
  • McCallum takes reserve tally to four goals in two games
  • Awford and Waddock in attendance as second string win 3-1

Paul McCallum sent out another reminder of his goalscoring worth with an impressive hat-trick for Pompey’s reserves.

The 21-year-old’s Fratton Park loan spell has largely been remembered for all the wrong reasons following a seven-match ban for violent conduct.

Certainly his four appearances off the first-team bench to date have been largely unremarkable as he attempts to shine on a loan spell from West Ham.

Yet McCallum continues to score for Paul Hardyman’s reserves, yesterday taking his tally to four goals in two Final Third Development League matches.

It was a hat-trick against Leyton Orient witnessed by Andy Awford and his assistant Gary Waddock at Furze Lane yesterday afternoon.

The youngster’s contribution would also inspire his side to a deserved 3-1 success.

It followed a goal in the 6-1 hammering of Gillingham the previous week, his first game back having served his lengthy ban.

Hardyman’s side are next in action tomorrow in the Final Third Development League Cup against Bristol City (1pm), once more at Furze Lane.

And the display of McCallum and his team-mates pleased the reserve boss.

He said: ‘We were in total control in the first half and then after the break took our foot off the gas a little bit and let them back into the game.

‘We set our stall out in the first half to play a high tempo and switched play really well, using both wing backs, getting some good balls in, although there were times we could have done better with the final delivery.

‘The ball was getting moved around from side-to-side, we were opening them up, gaps were appearing in the centre and we were exploiting all avenues.

‘In the second half we dropped off a bit and conceded from a corner, which is a disappointment, but overall I was pleased, especially with Paul.

‘I don’t think Westy (Craig Westcarr) was too happy about him taking the penalty for the first goal.

‘The second started with James Granger defending properly and he’s knocked a great ball into Foggy, who has played it wide to Josh Passley and it’s a training goal really, get it wide and cross it in.

‘For the third, Calvin Davies produced some good football down the right with a cross-cum-shot which the keeper has parried and Paul was in the right place to score.

‘It was good finishing from him and another win for us.’

Pompey took the lead on four minutes when Wes Fogden was tackled from behind by Aron Pollock – McCallum putting away the penalty.

That was doubled on 41 minutes when Granger tackled Shola Oladipo to a launch an attack down the right which was finished by McCallum’s diving header.

After the break, Nigel Atangana struck a post before Sam Ling pulled one back on 71 minutes.

But McCallum tapped home in the 90th minute to complete his hat-trick – and give Awford a nudge.

Pompey Reserves: Cornell, Granger, Ertl, Webster, Passley (60 mins, Davies), Close, Atangana (66 mins, May), Haunstrup (71 mins, Joseph-Buadi), Fogden, McCallum, Westcarr. Sub not used: Bass.