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Wanderers suffer washout as match abandoned
WANDERERS and Portsmouth will have to do it all again after tonight’s League Two clash was abandoned at half time due to a waterlogged pitch.
The game was level at one each but both sides had had to deal with biblical rain throughout the first half, with the pitch reaching saturation point during the interval.
It became completely waterlogged at half time, leaving referee Lee Collins with little option other than to call the game off.
Billy Knott had put Wanderers in front with a searing drive that hit the back of the net via the woodwork, before Pompey levelled on the stroke of half time through Patrick Agyemang.
The burly striker had given Wanderers a wake-up call from the game’s first opening as he broke through and slotted the ball between Matt Ingram’s legs, but the striker was penalised for being overly aggressive in his challenge on Anthony Stewart in the build-up and his strike was disallowed.
Driving rain made life difficult for both sides but Wanderers managed a decent spell of possession around the home side’s penalty area, which culminated in Josh Scowen firing just wide from the edge of the box.
Knott came even closer a minute later as he was allowed to advance unchecked through midfield, with keeper Trevor Carson just about getting enough of a hand on it to turn it over the crossbar.
Pompey responded as Agyemang bulldozed his way through the Wanderers defence before being halted by a fine challenge from Stewart, with the ball breaking to Jed Wallace but his shot was just a touch too high.
Blues were able to keep their passing game going despite the wretched conditions and they went in front after the hosts failed to deal properly with a corner awarded after skipper Stuart Lewis’s long distance drive clattered away off a defender. The ball broke to Knott on the edge of the area and he unleashed a thumping drive in off the underside of the bar to give Wanderers the lead.
The visitors were unable to build on that, with Scowen firing into the side netting being the closest they came to extending their lead, and Portsmouth levelled on the stroke of half time. Ricky Holmes’ free kick from wide on the right was touched across goal by Thery Racon and Agyemang stabbed home the equaliser from six yards.
And the home side could have snuck in front during two minutes of injury time as Sonny Bradley headed inches over the top from a corner.
But it was all academic anyway as the match was abandoned at half time.
Wanderers: Ingram, Arnold, Hause, Stewart, Dunne, Scowen, Lewis, Knott, Bloomfield, Cowan-Hall, Kuffour. Substitutes not used: Horlock, Doherty, McCoy, Wood, Kretzschmar, Pittman, McClure.
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