Chorley: Pompey are buzzing

Ben Chorley. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ben Chorley. Picture: Joe Pepler

Ben Chorley surveyed Pompey’s pre-season preparations and insisted: We’re buzzing.

The Blues head to Bognor tomorrow (1pm) for their second friendly of the summer.

They ran out comfortable 4-0 winners at neighbours Hawks last weekend.

Andy Awford’s troops have been in training since June 26, representing an early return as the build-up to the new campaign got under way.

It’s an approach Chorley is convinced is paying dividends ahead of the August 9 kick-off.

And Pompey’s skipper is delighted with how the squad is shaping up.

He said: ‘We came back quite early as the gaffer wanted us to be well prepared.

‘We’ve got through a lot of hard work and graft so far to get ready.

‘All the new lads have mucked in, a lot of the boys have moved down to the area and the dressing room really is buzzing at the moment.

‘For the first few weeks you have your trainers on and there’s not much ball work, now the games are coming thick and fast.

‘Once you get your first run out you know all that work is all for a reason and we can definitely tell how it has benefited us.

‘I thought we did well at Havant.

‘The manager likes to play at a high tempo and, although at this stage that won’t be as high as league matches are, we still managed to produce.

‘The boys in the first half set out at a decent pace and when it came to the second period Havant had died a little bit for energy and, of course, didn’t have as many players as us.

‘We passed the ball around well and didn’t take too many chances.

‘There was no showboating and we went about our task properly.

‘That is the first step on the ladder and I am hoping it will continue against Bognor tomorrow.’

The Westleigh Park victory saw Craig Westcarr grab two goals, while Ricky Holmes and Ryan Bird also netted.

The Blues will now take on a Rocks side who play in the Ryman League premier division – a level down from the Hawks.

Awford will once again seek to operate with the 26-man squad which featured in the last outing.

However, it remains to be seen whether David Connolly will be included – with the striker considered as having no Pompey future.

Regardless, Chorley has already been impressed by some on display as they attempt to force their way into Awford’s Football League starting line-up.

He added: ‘You have only got to look at Nigel Atangana in these games to see you can get noticed.

‘You have to stand up and go out to prove a point to everyone watching.

‘It’s such a long way to go, five games between now and the start of the season.

‘We have all got to keep applying ourselves and that will bode well for us all.’