Bognor v Pompey friendly called off

Bognor's game against Pompey - scheduled for Wednesday at Nyewood Lane - is off.

Saturday, 24th July 2021, 1:00 pm
Updated Saturday, 24th July 2021, 1:04 pm
Action from Pompey's visit to the Rocks in 2019 / Picture: Tommy McMillan

It's a huge blow for the Rocks as the game is their biggest money-spinner of the year - and they will be hoping the game can be rearranged.

Bognor also lost the match last year because of the pandemic, while it's the second Pompey friendly called off in a week - they also had to pull out of their visit to Gosport last Wednesday.

A statement by Pompey said: "Portsmouth Football Club can regretfully confirm that Wednesday’s friendly at Bognor has been postponed due to Covid-19 protocols.

"The Pompey team was due to contain a mixture of young professionals and members of the U18 academy side, as well as a small number of first team players who are not involved in a behind closed doors friendly the previous evening.

"However, a positive Covid-19 test means that the entire U18 team are currently having to self-isolate.

"We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will work with Bognor to find a mutually convenient date later in the season for the fixture to be played."