City sink students with great team effort
City of Portsmouth entertained third placed Southampton University, and secured a hard fought 1-0 win.
Southampton University had beaten City 4-1 earlier in the season, but had no answer to the Furze Lane hosts in this reverse fixture. The 1-0 score line did not do justice to a superb City performance who somehow did not score several more goals to reflect their dominance.
The first half saw City impose their game upon their younger opponents, controlling and retaining possession for long periods. They began to create good openings and were finally rewarded when Seb Martin fired across the D for an unmarked Luke Parsons to sweep home. City's confidence grew and chances to increase the lead went begging. Stuart Avery's cross shot flew just wide, Rob Boswell deflected a Parsons pass just over the crossbar and Boswell was again thwarted when his first time shot sent the keeper diving full stretch the wrong way, only for his outstretched foot to make the save.
The second half was a more end to end affair, with the City defence again denying the visitors any clear cut chances, and when they did threaten the City goal Ed Smyth confidently dealt with any goal bound shots.
City again created the best opportunities and several goal mouth scrambles were somehow defended by the University. In recent weeks City had given away late goals but they held firm to secure a great team win.
Coach Chris Wimshurst was delighted with the team spirit and all round composure, highlighting that in other games during the season City had thrown away games from similar winning positions.