Bognor praise for goalscorer Rutherford

Alfie Rutherford scores for Bognor against Pompey
Alfie Rutherford scores for Bognor against Pompey
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Darin Killpartrick praised the clinical touch of Alfie Rutherford after the striker inspired the Rocks to a draw against Pompey.

Bognor last night found themselves 1-0 down at the break after a dominant opening 45 minutes from Paul Cook’s men.

We were trying to get in behind Pompey, they are a lot fitter than us and we were trying to get the team to understand that the space was in behind because they were pressing us

Darin Killpartrick

That signalled the entrance of former Pompey Academy striker Rutherford off the bench.

The teenager remains on Moneyfields’ books following a prolific season last term, with Rocks boss Jamie Howell casting his eye over him.

He would have done his reputation no harm at all with a 56th-minute equaliser which left Paul Robinson on the floor and involved beating Blues keeper Paul Jones.

The Nyewood Lane match finished 1-1 and afterwards Bognor’s assistant boss praised Rutherford.

Killpartrick said: ‘Alfie came inside and was very composed, he opened himself up to put it into the bottom corner and then put it over the goalkeeper.

‘You don’t often see that from a young player, he took it very well.

‘We were trying to get in behind Pompey, they are a lot fitter than us and we were trying to get the team to understand that the space was in behind because they were pressing us.

‘So when you put Alfie on with the pace he possesses then he can hurt teams.

‘He is Moneyfields’ player and we are giving him some experience at the moment and we will go from there.

‘Alfie is here with their blessing, we have a good relationship with them and will be speaking probably in the next couple of weeks.’

Cook fielded a strong Pompey line-up, with those not featuring set to turn out against Gosport Borough today (3pm).

And Killpatrick was left impressed with Bognor’s neighbours, particularly following their first-half showing.

He added: ‘I thought Portsmouth moved the ball extremely well. I believe they are going to be a force in League Two, I really do.

‘When they get going they will be a force to play against.

‘We couldn’t get near them in the first 25 minutes and I think that shows their fitness levels and how hard they have been training all summer.

‘We were in it in the second half but then again you can’t expect a team to press the ball for 94 minutes like they did, it’s impossible.

‘So we identified what we had to do and then started moving the ball the way we like to do.

‘We were pleased with how our lads stuck to it.’