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Portsmouth and Bognor fans get into a ‘fight’ during pre-season friendly

Portsmouth and Bognor Regis Town fans get into a ‘fight’ during Tuesday night’s pre-season friendly, which played out to a 1-1 draw.

Footage has surfaced on social media showing what happened, a number of fist thrown before fans went their separate ways when security stewards showed up.

Kids in the video could be heard laughing with excitement, high on adrenaline at what they had just seen, with chants of “Play Up Pompey” being sung.

The video, which you can see for yourself below, has gone on to get thousands of views…

Meanwhile, the game itself saw the League One club conceded a late equaliser at Bognor, as they were denied a second successive pre-season victory.

They created plenty of chances with Paddy Lane seeing his spot kick saved by Ryan Hall early in the second half.

Substitute Joe Morrell did score a penalty and that looked to be enough for Pompey, only for a trialist to put it in the back of the net on 88 minutes.

It was the Isthmian League Premier Division side who started the better with Tommy Lee Higgs sending his effort over.

The visitors were then caught in possession, Lucas Pattenden sending a low ball across goal, with Higgs sliding in but failed to connect.

Portsmouth went on the attack, Harry Jewitt-White’s effort was blocked, while Hall kept out a long-range shot from Ryley Towler.

The deadlock was nearly broken when Liam Vincent got on the end of a fine cross-field Tom Lowery pass and struck the post and into the Bognor keeper.

Jewitt-White ran in the box, spun and drew a stop from Hall.

Anthony Scully went through the middle of the pitch and scored, only for it to be deemed offside.

He was bundled over just outside the area, Jewitt-White stepped up and placed the free-kick over.

Bognor’s Sam Destcroix ended the half by failing to find the target from close range.


Pompey put out a different side come second half, Morrell and Lane made their first appearance, putting pressure on the opposition.

Terry Devlin was tripped in the box by Kyle O’Brien, with referee Dan Austin awarding the penalty, however Lane didn’t put much into it, with Hall keeping it out.

Pompey kept going, Jack Sparkes sent in a cross, Hall made a great stop however to keep out Sam Folarin’s close-range effort.

Folarin was taken down inside the area by a Rocks trialist, Morrell stepped up this time and put it into the bottom corner.

Pompey took their foot off the accelerator slightly after that and were almost punished, with Josh Oluwayemi diving to his left to keep out a Tom Holland curler.

But Bognor did level from the resulting corner, as a trialist got on the end of the delivery to force the ball home.

Bognor (4-4-2): Hall; Whyte (Holland 73), Douglas (Trialist C 73), Robson (Howick 73), Mason; Pattenden (Trialist B 73), Anderson (O’Brien 54), Davies (c) (Briffa 66), Destcroix (McCormick 66); Higgs (Olaniyan 54), Mather (Trialist A 73)
Goals: Trialist A 87
Sub not used: Hardcastle

Pompey – first half (4-3-3): Norris; Dockerill, Raggett, Towler, Ogilvie; Lowery, Pack (c), Jewitt-White; Mottoh, Scully, Vincent

Pompey – second half (4-3-3): Oluwayemi; Swanson, Mnoga, Shaughnessy, Sparkes; Devlin, Stevenson, Morrell (c); Lane, Folarin, Hume
Goals: Morrell 75 (pen)

Referee: Dan Austin

Twitter users reacted after seeing Portsmouth and Bognor fans get into a ‘fight’ during a pre-season friendly…

@Phil_Hayman1977: Why am I seeing reports of teenage kids thinking they are hard starting fights at a pre-season friendly and having a meltdown because we drew with Bognor? Let’s not start the season as an embarrassment aye!!!! #Pompey

@djliamh: It was mainly Bognor kids trying to start trouble mate.

@Fazzzzerr: bognor kids 🤣🤣

@JordanBoxall6: Beware of the Bognor boyzzzzz

@JackMcGac: Well it’s pre-season for the wannabe hooligans as well! They need to get practice in too

@pompey81: A lot of pissed up kids on both sides. No need for it anywhere let alone at a bloody friendly!!

@TheWitcherIgni: Bognor is a dump so not surpised they can’t behave.

@LawrencePFCHall: People scrapping at Bognor away you’re an absolute fucking embarrassment #Pompey

@JordanBoxall6: Just looked like a bunch of kids – clearly mum and dad had given them there pocket money. Embarrassing

@Antni_b: Pretty sure some of the pompey lads scrapping actually live in bognor. 😆

@Noah34272807: It was so funny though

@furniss_alex: Was literal kids, funny to watch tho tbh

@PompeySam657: Lads, calm down – it’s Bognor ffs.

@dannewton1978: The Bognor rats were winding Pompey up. Pathetic all the same

@rubenstorey15: From what I’ve heard Bognor started it 🤷🏽‍♂️

@merson_pfc: Oh god embarrassing this.

@MadMothz: Oh god that’s embarrassing. At least save it for the scummers 😂

@therevba: Playground bust-up between kids. As frightening as a Victoria sponge.

@Danptill: Bunch of complete losers

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