AFC Portchester manager Mick Catlin believes the club’s pre-season campaign has gone to plan.

The Royals have faced a mix of sides both below and above them in the non-league pyramid system to get the squad ready for the 2019-20 campaign.

The Royals boss is happy that the matches served their purpose of moving the players towards match fitness for the start of the season and also highlighting where improvements may be needed.

Catlin said: “We have had some good wins against Paulsgrove, United Services Portsmouth, Selsey and Portsmouth’s under-18s side.

“We then had a couple of defeats against Chichester City and Blackfield and Langley, who really tested us defensively and answered a few of my questions on where we needed to improve. 

web friendly“We finished with a good win against Moneyfields, which is always good for confidence going into the new season.”

Pre-season started on July 9 with a 5-1 win at Paulsgrove, thanks to goals from Dan Wooden, Steve Ramsey, Bradey Norton, George Murage and Brodie Spencer.

On July 13 the Royals were beating United Services Portsmouth 2-1, with goals from Norton and Wooden, when the game was abandoned due to the broken leg sustained by Joe Noakes.

Next up was a 4-1 win at Selsey on July 16 with goals from Ramsey, Nathan Paxton, Josh Warren and Liam Bush; and Mike Turvey’s double was enough to beat Pompey’s development side 2-0 at home on July 20.

Chichester City left the Crest Finance Stadium with a 3-0 win on July 23, with Blackfield and Langley repeating the same scoreline on July 26.

The final friendly saw Portchester beat Moneyfields 2-1 at home on July 30, with Ramsey and James Thomson finding the net. 


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