PORTLAND UTD FC 1 HAMBLE CLUB 2

Saturday 02nd March 2019

OWEN Fee and Nathan Lynch fired in to condemn Portland United to a 2-1 defeat to Hamble Club in their first home match for four games in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division.

Ryan McKechnie added a late penalty but the Blues were unable to claim point.

Portland began on a bad footing, with Ed Bastick, Jamie Beasley, Jamie Symes and Alex Godfrey all missing from the squad.

The former three all came off injured in Portland’s 3-0 win over Brockenhurst during midweek.

Sean Stewart, then an unused substitute, again made the bench but was not fully fit for the match.

In the first half the Blues were attacking with the wind, but were unable to craft any real chances.

The two sides went in at half-time level, but Hamble came out with the wind for the second half.

They swiftly took advantage when the Blues lost the ball in midfield before Fee got on the end of a good ball forward and slotted past Michael Edgar in the Portland goal after 55 minutes.

Hamble then doubled their lead 10 minutes later, when a free-kick was rifled towards Edgar whose unfortunate parry fell to Lynch to slot in.

Sam Buckler then received a second yellow card after 75 minutes for a late tackle to reduce the Blues to 10 men.

Late on, Steven Walker was fouled in the box after 92 minutes and McKechnie stepped up to hand the Blues a consolation goal.

Portland boss Brendon King said: “It is what it is unfortunately, a bit of a game of two halves.

“In the first half we had the wind and we didn’t create enough chances.

“Our set pieces weren’t good enough so we were disappointed going in 0-0 at half-time.

“They were better than us in the second half and they went on and scored two goals.

“It was a tough old afternoon.”

King, asked if he was annoyed with his players, replied: “No not really, because of the work rate and the commitment and everything we asked of them they gave us everything they had.”

Team Lineup & Stats for Saturday 02nd March 2019

No Player Yellow Cards Red Cards Assists Goals
1 Edgar, Mike 0 0 0 0
2 Doidge, Ross 0 0 0 0
3 Bessant, Shaun 0 0 0 0
4 Halloran, Alex 0 0 0 0
5 Whyton, Lewis 0 0 0 0
6 Walker, Stephen 0 0 0 0
7 Mitchell, Billy 0 0 0 0
8 Buckler, Maxwell 0 0 0 0
9 Buckler, Sam 2 1 0 0
10 McKechnie, Ryan 0 0 0 1
11 Clarke, Crit 0 0 0 0
Substitutes
12 Roche, Sol 0 0 0 0
15 Hutchinson, Harry 0 0 0 0
Unused Substitutes
16 Stewart, Sean 0 0 0 0

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