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Ainsley Nets as Reserves Beat Palace
Ainsley Nets as Reserves Beat Palace
Tuesday, 21st Feb 2012 16:00

Defender Jack Ainsley netted the only goal in the final moments as Town’s reserves beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

The Town side included the likes of Josh Carson, Lee Bowyer, Nathan Ellington, Ryan Stevenson and Joe Whight as well as a number of Academy youngsters such as midfielders Byron Lawrence and Lewis Acott and defender Callum Bennett, who was last week told he would be offered a professional deal.

Perhaps notably, given Reading’s reported loan interest, we understand that Jimmy Bullard wasn’t involved, while both sides are believed to have fielded as yet unknown trialists, which led to the decision to bar spectators yesterday.

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Wallingford_Boy added 16:03 - Feb 21
Bullard wouldn't be involved in this sort of game anyway would he? Did Leadbitter play? Or Scotland? Or any of the other likely subs for Saturday?
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itfcsmithlarr added 16:06 - Feb 21
I wonder who the trialist were...
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PhilTWTD added 16:11 - Feb 21
Wally

He played in the last one. Not sure precisely who played. Heard he didn't so thought it was worth a mention.
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irishtim added 16:13 - Feb 21
Clean sheet again good omen. Let us know the team Phil when u get it. Tanks.
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Wallingford_Boy added 16:16 - Feb 21
Philly - I assume Stevenson didn't as you didn't mention him, or have you not heard either way?
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PhilTWTD added 16:20 - Feb 21
Not heard either way.
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tellitasiseeit added 17:00 - Feb 21
Well done lad's need a lot more of these game's but not behind closed door's unless we have some real talent on display? Then Grab them, rebuild. Well done once again

COYB
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TractorMan added 17:05 - Feb 21
Stevenson did play apparently - central midfield
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DiamondGezzer added 17:07 - Feb 21
Still trying to find out if it was one of the Portsmouth players we were giving a trial to.
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abingdon_blue added 17:31 - Feb 21
It definitely wont have been a Portsmouth player.
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clive_baker added 17:34 - Feb 21
If the trialist was a keeper (as has been suggested by some sources) then he'll be happy with the outcome.
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bluelady added 17:53 - Feb 21
clive_Baker - or a CB? As for Jimmy not sure he would be risked at a reserve game? may not mean anything.
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mightytown added 18:15 - Feb 21
i cant call the bullard thing. reading have the dosh now but looks like mcdermott may be off to wolves so you have to wonder is it a case of the new owners just looking to splash a bit of cash and bring in a few big names? might do bullard some good, don't get me wrong, i love jimmy but if someone else wants him and is willing to pay and take his wages out of the equation then might be worth it in view of strengthening in the summer, lets face it, we have other alternatives and he's not really featured for a while now. may give the likes of stevenson a chance to nail a starting place between now and the end of the season. however, i'm playing devil's advocate, i would hope he stays, think another poster summed it up perfectly on another page by saying, we should enjoy having some strength in depth (midfield at least) for a while.
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Ebantiass added 20:47 - Feb 21
Could it have been a CB as we are still in the market for one or two.
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SamWhiteUK added 23:05 - Feb 21
Another late goal? We're getting good at this
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Keaneish added 23:27 - Feb 21
DiamondGeezer - how would it be a Pompey player? They're contracted to Pompey!
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arablue added 00:43 - Feb 22
Wait for the summer and we will surely be in the hunt for Pompey players. As I said before, there is a high probability that Pompey as we know now may no longer exist in its current form...

To digress...
Can't see anybody wanting to assume 20m debt at Pompey - now that the League has officially stuffed-up in their approval of the previous dodgy owners of Pompey, they will scrutinise the hell out of prospective owners, which will eek out the dodgy ones...

To add gloom to that, rationale commercially minded prospective owners would baulk at the "value" of Pompey, unless the existing creditors are willing to accept huge haircuts/discount on their debt.

Trust me when I say that even as a professional manager, its an unpleasant task to face angry creditors, to say the very least...

Apologies if this "digression" is unwarranted...
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townietilidie added 01:09 - Feb 22
No Portsmouth players and no CB's and no goalkeeper ...... Well yes there was a goalkeeper but it was Alex Mcarthy not a trialist
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