Chaplin and Stockley on target in Cherries friendly

Pompey midfielder Ben Close, right, twice struck the woodwork in the Blues' 3-3 friendly draw with Bournemouth yesterday   Picture: Colin Farmery
Pompey midfielder Ben Close, right, twice struck the woodwork in the Blues' 3-3 friendly draw with Bournemouth yesterday Picture: Colin Farmery
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You know you are up against a club with a few quid when there are people taking pictures of a gold Bentley in the Roko training ground car park.

Five years ago, Bournemouth v Pompey was a pre-season friendly to give the Cherries a few extra quid in their coffers.

That’s certainly not the case these days.

The roles have been reversed. Bournemouth have a rich owner and Premier Leagus status.

They also have a player on loan from River Plate – the impressive Tomas Andrade – and apparently someone else from Inter Milan.

That explains why there were so many Italians watching the game and probably that Bentley.

Pompey took an early lead when Brandon Haunstrup’s low cross was inadvertently turned into his own net by a Cherries defender.

Jayden Stockley had already hit the crossbar by that stage when his header rattled off the crossbar from Nigel Atangana’s cross.

Ben Close then also struck the frame of the goal when his shot cannoned back off the post.

But the visitors then had their own slice of fortune when Sam Matthews’ shot was deflected past a helpless Alex Bass.

And that setback then saw Pompey struggle to pick up their fluency until after the interval.

They fell behind moments after the restart when Adam Barton was caught in possession, which allowed Andrade to race away and finish conifdently, while Bass dug Matt Clarke out of a hole with a brilliant save after the defender’s wayward pass straight to the striker.

Close struck the woodwork for a second time after dancing through the defence, only for Pat O’Flaherty to make a stunning save to tip on to the angle of post and crossbar.

And Stockley’s diving header smashed against the upright from Barton’s searching ball.

But Pompey hit back with two goals in the space of a couple of minutes as Stockley despatched a smart volley from Gareth Evans’ cross before Conor Chaplin ran at the heart of the defence and buried his shot into the far corner.

It appeared to be the winner as the game lost some of its pattern in the final few minutes amid a flurry of substitutions.

But the Cherris had the final say when Dominic Dower produced a classy strike into the top corner just moments after teenage goalkeeper Nick Hall pulled off a terrific stop after replacing Bass.

There still might have been time for Pompey to snatch a 4-3 victory but Stockley was denied by a goal-line clearance.

On a luckier day and with a touch more match sharpness, he could easily have scored four goals.

But Blues boss Paul Cook was watching with interest.

POMPEY: Bass (Hall, 75), Boco (Nilsen, 70), Barton (Field, 66), Clarke (Saidy, 75), Haunstrup, Close (Oxlade-Chamberlain, 70), Atangana (May, 66), Joseph-Buadi (Evans, 46), Chaplin (Widdrington, 75), McGurk (Haitham, 46), Stockley.

– STEVE WILSON