Portsmouth U18 v Colchester United U18

11.30am  15 March 2014

Football League Youth Alliance, South East Conference
Portsmouth U18 0 Colchester United U18 3 (att 50)

I saw Portsmouth's youth team play a home match back in August, but the ground they used that day, the St John's College Playing Fields in Farlington, proved to be just a temporary base as they've since moved again.

The University of Portsmouth sports ground, part of the Langstone Campus in Furze Lane, is the third ground I've been to to see Pompey's youngsters. All extra grounds I guess, but the south coast isn't the easiest place to get to from Manchester for a morning kick off.

At least this match was a top-of-the-table clash, although Youth Alliance South East Conference placings are now complicated by being decided on a "points per game" ratio rather than a traditional league format.

Portsmouth went into the match lying third, with 2.00 points per match, one place and 0.13 points behind Colchester, who trailed leaders Gillingham by just 0.01 points per game. On this showing the title will between the current top two, as Colchester were far superior to Portsmouth.

The first half was mostly even, although it was the visitors who looked more dangerous, and they went ahead just a couple of minutes before half time. The second half was one way traffic, and Colchester should added more than the two goals they scored.

The University's Furze Lane sports complex has plenty of pitches. This game was on pitch W4, while the clubs' under 16s sides met next door on W3. Until a few weeks ago Portsmouth University had their own team in the Hampshire Premier League, and their railed off pitch was some distance away from the Youth Alliance pitches.






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