SWANAGE TOWN & HERSTON 1 PORTLAND UTD RES 1

Saturday 18th August 2018

Portland United Reserves came away from Days Park with a point in a game where either side could have taken all three with both sides creating several good chances.

Portland went in to the game without a recognised striker but didn`t have to wait long for their goal as Caleb Tennant played in Josh Camp who smartly took the ball away from the Swans keeper Dan Beeston before roll it in to the empty net.

Three minutes later Sean Zima saw his header rattle the home sides crossbar before Shane Evans poor back pass let in Cody Moore but his shot was saved superbly by Ross Jones.

The Blues Leon Attree couldn`t find the target with a free header following a corner to extend The Blues lead.

On thirty five minutes Sean Zima found himself with just the keeper to beat but elected to pass the ball across the goal to Camp who was challenged by a defender and saw the ball squirm just wide of the upright. Rory Zima and Liam Gould saw their volleys saved by Beeston.

A minute later Portland were made to pay for their missed chances as Moore got in behind Attree before laying the ball back to the edge of the area, the initial shot was dragged well wide but falling to the right wingback Mo Kanyi to tap in to the unguarded net.

After half time the home side forced a succession of corners with the visitors defending resolutely, Moore going close on a couple of occassions.

With the game getting more stretched The Blues were dangerous on the counter attack as Portland`s front three found space against the back three of Swanage.

Josh Camp went through one on one but checked back and the chance was lost whilst substitute Tom Arliss saw his initial effort blocked and the follow up deflected over the bar. Aaron Ryan also fired over when the pass across the box was probably the more favourable decision.

Rory Zima`s pull back from the byline to Caleb Tennant was well blocked with the ball destined for the bottom corner of the net.

Despite the chances both teams were unable to add to the score line and had to settle for a point each.

Looking back at the game Portland United Reserves Manager Justin Faulkner commented "It`s one of those games where we would have taken a point before kick off yet we are disappointed not to take all three! As well as the chances we missed we created countless opportunities which would have led to goal scoring chances which we just didn`t make the most of. The lack of a recognised striker was probably a big factor in that. The game was there for us to take and I think we needed to be more ruthless in front of goal and as a new team in this league we can`t be passing up points if we are to consolidate in this division.

Faulkner added "This point takes us up in to mid table which we are pleased with, as I`ve said previously the only aim is survival in The DPL this season, anything after that is a bonus. I`ll certainly be pushing my players to improve and challenging them to play football in the right manner."

Team Lineup & Stats for Saturday 18th August 2018

No Player Yellow Cards Red Cards Assists Goals
1 Jones, Ross 0 0 0 0
2 Evans, Shane 0 0 0 0
3 Hankin, Louis 0 0 0 0
4 Attree, Leon 1 0 0 0
5 Anstey, Adam 0 0 0 0
6 Tennant, Caleb 0 0 1 0
7 Camp, Josh 0 0 0 1
8 Gould, Liam 0 0 0 0
9 Zima, Sean 0 0 0 0
10 Boatswain, Ross 0 0 0 0
11 Zima, Rory 0 0 0 0
Substitutes
12 Arliss, Tom 0 0 0 0
14 Butcher, Tyler 0 0 0 0
16 Ryan, Aaron 0 0 0 0
Unused Substitutes
15 Prudames, Gary 0 0 0 0

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