NEW HAWKS striker Marvin Morgan is intent on opening his goal account in the pre-season friendly against Pompey at Westleigh Park tomorrow (3pm).
Morgan knows what it’s like to score against the Blues, after netting for Shrewsbury at Fratton Park in 2012.
Pompey ended up winning the League One game 3-1 that day, as Morgan’s joy at scoring proved extremely shortlived.
Sixty seconds after finding the net, the front man was sent off by the referee for dissent.
Morgan also featured against the Blues twice last season in League Two – for Plymouth Argyle and Hartlepool United.
‘I have had good times and bad times against Portsmouth,’ said Morgan.
‘Without blowing my own trumpet, my goal against Portsmouth back in 2012 was a good one.
‘I remember very clearly what happened next.
‘We broke three on one but the referee pulled us up for a foul and we went crazy.
‘I ran towards him and because I am 6ft 4in, he felt intimidated and booked me twice in the space of a minute.
‘Last season I went on as a late substitute for Plymouth in their 3-0 win at Home Park and later in the season returned to Fratton Park with Hartlepool United.
‘We lost that 1-0 to a Matt Tubbs goal, and because I hadn’t played for two months I was blowing after 20 minutes.
‘I am looking forward to taking Portsmouth on again with the Hawks.’
Since the end of last season Morgan has had offers from a number of Football League clubs and a couple in Scotland, but opted to sign for the Hawks.
At 32 years of age the striker felt the time was right to drop out of the league into part-time football.
The decision was taken partly so that he can spend more time developing his blossoming business interests.
These include his own fashion design label – Fresh Ego Kid.
The forward is also excited by the ambition being shown at Westleigh Park and he is predicting a successful season for the Hawks.
‘I think everyone will look at our squad and automatically think we are one of the favourites,’ said Morgan.
‘We have a good set of players and there could still be others to be brought in.
‘Hopefully, we will be in a position to do something.
‘At the moment, though, it is all about putting the hard work into pre-season.
‘Portsmouth, hopefully, will come and try to attack us and give us a big test.
‘Being full-time they should be fitter than us and we will have to work hard off the ball.
‘As a striker I have the confidence to believe I can go out there and score every game.
‘That is no different against Portsmouth and I would love to score my first Hawks goal against them.’
Hawks squad: Young, Molyneaux, Blanchett, Harris, Dutton, Strugnell,Cummings, Sanders, Donnelly, Stock, Swallow, Clifton, Paterson, Hayter, Morgan, Mullings, Ciardini, Searle, Ridge, Kimber, Medway, Gale