City 2s win crucial game to boost survival hopes
City of Portsmouth 2's needed a win in this six pointer away to relegation rivals Yateley, and came away 2-1 victors in a close match.
City of Portsmouth 2s travelled to Yateley with a strong team, and started well, creating a number of chances on the Yateley goal in the first half. The midfield combined with forward Martin King to produce a number of chances, whilst the defence coped well with everything the hosts had to offer.
Yateley pressed high and made it difficult for City to get the ball out from the back, but when the gaps were found, the pace of the counter attacks opened up gaps that were well exploited by Elliot Ghent, Adam Nicholls and King.
City went into half-time with the score still at 0-0, but could easily have had a comfortable lead had City been more clinical in front of goal.
The visitors started well in the second half, and King was soon on the scoresheet when a low short corner flick found its way past the keeper and into the goal. Yateley responded, and despite City holding firm for a while it wasn't long until the host drew level with a short corner conversion of their own.
This pumped up the Yateley team, but City managed to thwart their attacks and impose themselves on the game once more. King converted a second goal which disheartened the hosts, and the visitors held firm for the last ten minutes to claim a much needed win.
Stand in captain David Johns said after the game: "This was one of those games we could easily have won 7-0 if we'd been more clinical, but the important thing is we dug in, never gave up, and got the three points we needed on the league table. A wins a win, but this is a big one."