The FA Cup - Second Round
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Portsmouth 2-1 Altrincham

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FA Cup: Portsmouth 2-1 Altrincham highlights

Brett Pitman broke Altrincham hearts with a stoppage-time winner as Portsmouth snatched a 2-1 victory after a brilliant and spirited performance from the National League North outfit.

Substitute Pitman was left unmarked to head home at the far post after Marcus Harness' corner was flicked on, sparing Pompey's blushes in the FA Cup second-round tie at Fratton Park.

Josh Hancock looked to have earned the sixth-tier side a deserved replay in a match they dominated for long periods when he converted from the penalty spot with only eight minutes remaining.

Christian Burgess brought down Jordan Hulme and Hancock stepped up confidently to stroke the spot-kick low and out of the reach of Craig MacGillivray.

Pompey had taken the lead in the 56th minute when Ben Close scored a volley - lashing home right-footed from 15 yards into the top corner.

The visitors had a very strong penalty shout after 11 minutes as Oli Hawkins appeared to trip Hulme, but the referee waved away the appeals.

Portsmouth striker Ellis Harrison hit the post after 25 minutes and Hulme did the same for Altrincham when Ronan Curtis inexplicably gave the ball away twice in quick succession just before half-time.

There was plenty more drama after the break, with Portsmouth leaving it late to secure safe passage to the third round.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 1MacGillivray
  • 38Haunstrup
  • 9Hawkins
  • 6Burgess
  • 3Brown
  • 2Walkes
  • 33Close
  • 19HarnessBooked at 68mins
  • 10MarquisSubstituted forPitmanat 45'minutes
  • 11CurtisSubstituted forWilliamsat 45'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 22Harrison

Substitutes

  • 7Williams
  • 8Pitman
  • 13Bolton
  • 14Cannon
  • 20Raggett
  • 26Evans
  • 35Bass

Altrincham

  • 1Thompson
  • 2Densmore
  • 5Hannigan
  • 4Jones
  • 3White
  • 7JohnstonSubstituted forHampsonat 88'minutes
  • 6Moult
  • 8WilliamsSubstituted forRichmanat 84'minutes
  • 9Hulme
  • 10Hancock
  • 11PeersSubstituted forHarropat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Harrop
  • 14Hampson
  • 15Mullarkey
  • 16Richman
  • 20Torrance
Referee:
Tom Nield
Attendance:
8,539

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamAltrincham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home10
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 2, Altrincham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 2, Altrincham 1.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 2, Altrincham 1. Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ellis Harrison with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Tom Hannigan.

Corner, Altrincham. Conceded by Ryan Williams.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Shaun Densmore.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Shaun Densmore.

Substitution

Substitution, Altrincham. Connor Hampson replaces John Johnston.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Tom Hannigan.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Harness (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Burgess with a headed pass.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Shaun Densmore.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by James Jones.

Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Hancock (Altrincham).

Substitution

Substitution, Altrincham. Simon Richman replaces Sean Williams.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 1, Altrincham 1. Josh Hancock (Altrincham) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Altrincham. Jordan Hulme draws a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Altrincham. Conceded by Oliver Hawkins.

Substitution

Substitution, Altrincham. Max Harrop replaces Tom Peers.

Booking

Ryan Williams (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Williams (Portsmouth).

Josh Hancock (Altrincham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Tony Thompson.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Tony Thompson.

Attempt saved. Brandon Haunstrup (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcus Harness with a cross.

Ellis Harrison (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom Hannigan (Altrincham).

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Tony Thompson.

Attempt saved. Marcus Harness (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Williams.

Foul by Marcus Harness (Portsmouth).

John Johnston (Altrincham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Altrincham. Conceded by Brandon Haunstrup.

Hand ball by Ellis Harrison (Portsmouth).

Booking

Marcus Harness (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marcus Harness (Portsmouth).

James Jones (Altrincham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Lee Brown (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Peers (Altrincham).

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