Pompey have made a tentative start in Football League One, sitting in the lower reaches of the League. The Hawks however have had a good start in the Vanarama National League South following their relegation from the Vanarama National League last season.
At the time of writing this report Hawks were in third place in Vanarama National League South, having lost just one of their games. Hawks good start to the season has included a place in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup played on Saturday 19 October. The fourth-round tie gave Hawks a home game against Dulwich Hamlet, also from the Vanarama National League South. With Hawks sitting third in the National League South and Dulwich Hamlet in the bottom half of the League, Hawks started the tie as favourites. The prize for winning the tie would see Hawks reaching the first round proper, potentially with a money-spinning draw against a football league side.
Football League One Pompey have made a disappointing start to their 2019/20 Football League One campaign. At the time of writing this report Pompey were sitting in the bottom half of the Football League One in 16th position. Having played nine games they had won only three and drawn three, gaining just twelve points. The pressure is growing on team manager Kenny Jacket to start winning games.
On the brighter side Pompey have progressed to the next stage of the Leasing.com Trophy. Assistant Manager Joe Gallen took a young team to the Kassam Stadium for their final group game against League One rivals Oxford. There were five teenagers in the Pompey side that won the final Group match. They were not overawed and with the score at 2-2 at full time Pompey won the penalty shoot-out, securing the bonus point and top place in their Group.
Pleased with how the youthful Blues side fared against their more experienced opponents Gallen, said: “We had a lot of younger players in the side, so it was fantastic to get the points that meant we topped the group which gives us a home game in the next round. You just can’t beat us in this competition! It was a very good performance against what was a strong Oxford team. Kenny’s got a history of developing young players at all the clubs he’s been at – we don’t want it to be any different here."
It is important for the Club that the best young players are selected for the first team in league matches as well as cup games.