WESTLAND SPORTS 8 PORTLAND UTD RES 0

Saturday 11th August 2018

Portland United Reserves returned from Somerset with a score line that manager Justin Faulkner says `doesn`t tell the story of the game`.

In a cagey 30 minutes it was The Blues that could have been ahead as Sean Zima`s goal bound effort was blocked by a defender on the line and then the goalkeeper making a reflex save from Zima`s drive moments later.

The 1st goal arrived on 35 minutes, this proving the turning point as the home side added another 3 before the break. Portland did push to reduce the arrears and Derek Wall had a good chance but his fierce drive only found the side netting when played through.

After half time there was no let up from the home side as they kicked in to gear, adding another 4 before full time. Portland still tried to play football and came close to adding one of their own again as Zima tested the home keeper with a low drive.

Looking back at the game Faulkner commented "The score line looks like a real battering but for 30-35 minutes we contained them and looked the more threatening side, Sean Zima had 2 great chances, had they gone in then it would probably have been a different game. More disappointing for me is the players reaction to the 1st goal, it seemed to knock the stuffing out of them and we stopped doing the things that we had for most of the first half."

Faulkner also added "We always knew that this was a very hard game and to get anything we would have to have been at our best and they`d have to have an off day but for a third of the game we worried them. We`ve come up here and gave it a go, it hasn`t quite worked but one game doesn`t make a season and I`m sure a few teams will come here and fall to heavy defeats. A big learning curve for my side, I`ve told them to take note because they are the benchmark for this league. We can`t wait to get going again on Wednesday night to get this one out of our system."

Team Lineup & Stats for Saturday 11th August 2018

No Player Yellow Cards Red Cards Assists Goals
1 Jones, Ross 0 0 0 0
2 Will, Jonny 0 0 0 0
3 Hankin, Louis 0 0 0 0
4 Attree, Leon 0 0 0 0
5 Anstey, Adam 0 0 0 0
6 Hawke, Sean 0 0 0 0
7 Roche, Emanuel 0 0 0 0
8 Gould, Liam 0 0 0 0
9 Wall, Derek 1 0 0 0
10 Zima, Sean 0 0 0 0
11 Zima, Rory 0 0 0 0
Substitutes
15 Ryan, Aaron 0 0 0 0
16 Tennant, Caleb 0 0 0 0
17 Thompson, Jack 0 0 0 0
Unused Substitutes
12 Butcher, Tyler 0 0 0 0
14 Curran, Che 0 0 0 0

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