Youngsters go down to experienced Pompey side

A reserve side devoid of any first team regulars were edged out of close encounter with a Portsmouth second string boasting several international stars.

Former West Ham striker Svetoslav Todorov, capped more than 20 times by Bulgaria, bagged the winner from the penalty spot after 13 minutes when referee Mr Snartt adjudged, to the amazement of most observers, that he had been fouled by Alvin Quaye.

Alongside Todorov in the home side were former Kaiser Chiefs front man Collins Mbesuma, of Zambia, and Aliou Cisse of Senegal. Former Norwich target Linvoy Primus lined up in defence.

In stark contrast, only Paul Gallacher in the City side could boast any sort of first team experience, but Asmat El Ouargui and Chris Martin caused Primus and the home defence problems and Robert Eagle also impressed in defence.

Boss Keith Webb was not too downhearted after the 1-0 defeat, saying: "I thought we did very well after coming up against a team that included players with plenty of experience at Premiership level."

The next reserve team action is against Leicester City at Carrow Road next Wednesday, 24 hours after the first team travel to face high flying Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.