City smash ten past students
After last week's disappointing result, City of Portsmouth Men's 1st XI were looking to bounce back and pick up a full 3 points against local rivals University of Portsmouth.
A rocky start saw City miss several early chances and they were quickly put under pressure by their younger opponents. Despite some mistakes City held firm, seeing off a multitude of penalty corners before breaking down the pitch and winning one of their own. After an Ian Cheshire strike hit a foot on the line Ivan Boswell was on hand to convert the chance and open City's account. The men in pink saw out the rest of the half with solid defensive work and again hit the Uni on the break, winning another corner which Ian Cheshire struck calmly through the keeper's legs.
After some strong half time words City came out strong after the break, with Sam Murray, Luke Parsons and Stuart Avery all picking up a goal each in quick succession. The University came back at City but some smart saves by Ed Smyth kept the students shut out before Murray and Parsons both claimed another goal. At this point City were rampant and held their discipline as the Uni were temporarily reduced to 9 men, with Rob Boswell picking up a goal before Avery put the game to bed with two more to complete his hat-trick and City's 10 goal victory.
Afterwards coach Chris Wimshurst expressed his delight with the performance and went on to say: “I'm proud of the team this week, they showed great class and composure to come back from a slow start and prove both their quality and ruthlessness."