Saturday 22nd September 2018

Portland United put back to back wins together for the 1st time this season in The Dorset Premier League on Saturday as they came out on top against fellow promoted side Corfe Castle by the odd goal in 7.

Corfe were promoted as champions from The Dorset Senior League beating Portland United Reserves twice on the way to the title in games which Portland United Reserves Manager Justin Faulkner described as `close with not much between the sides`.

In difficult conditions Corfe Castle took a surprise lead against the run of play when a shot on goal found the net despite the best efforts of Ross Jones to keep the ball out of the net.

Portland were back on level terms as Che Currans flick found Adam Anstey in space who volleyed the ball home from close range before The Blues went in front when Currans header back across goal was converted by Lee Sharpe.

Corfe found an equaliser of their own with only their second effort on the Portland goal as Curran missed his clearance allowing a Corfe Castle striker to fire low in to the net.
Portland ensured they would take a lead in to the break as Sean Zima controlled the ball on the edge of the box before driving a sweet strike which arrowed in at the far post.

After the break Portland extended their lead when Louis Hankin played in Sol Roche who made sure with a left foot strike which found the far corner of the net to seemingly put the game beyond Corfe Castle.

But Portland would gift Corfe another way back in to the game as Ross Jones day went from bad to worse as he gave away a penalty and recieved a caution for the offence. The resulting spot kick was duly despatched but Portland saw the game out.

Looking back at the game Faulkner commented "The scoreline looks like a fairly close game but we have not really made the most of our chances, I think we created some very good chances, probably in double figures. On another day we score a few more than we already have. The goals we have conceded have been absolute gifts whereas if we were playing like we have been then these goals don`t happen. I think they`ve only had 2 shots on target in the 1st half and scored both, I know that Ross in goal was disappointed with the 1st and the 2nd we needed a bit of composure to clear our lines and the 3rd a penalty where I`m not sure whether the keeper has to come out for it as it appears the defenders were getting back at the lad."

Faulkner also added "All credit to Corfe Castle they didn`t give up which they could have, it`s hard when you are struggling at the wrong end of the table. From our point of view that lifts us up to midtable 9 points off the bottom 3 which could potentially go down and only 4 points from second spot! As I`ve said before we are only focusing on staying in this division and enjoy the experience of playing some of the best teams in the area, I`m happy with where we are at the moment."

Team Lineup & Stats for Saturday 22nd September 2018

No Player Yellow Cards Red Cards Assists Goals
1 Jones, Ross 1 0 0 0
2 Sharpe, Lee 0 0 0 1
3 Hankin, Louis 0 0 1 0
4 Curran, Che 0 0 2 0
5 Hill, Alan 0 0 0 0
6 Anstey, Adam 0 0 0 1
7 Zima, Sean 0 0 0 1
8 Roche, Emanuel 0 0 0 0
9 Wall, Derek 0 0 0 0
10 Roche, Sol 0 0 0 1
11 Mitchell, Billy 0 0 0 0
12 Camp, Josh 0 0 0 0
14 Gould, Liam 0 0 0 0
17 Zima, Rory 0 0 0 0
Unused Substitutes
16 Tennant, Caleb 0 0 0 0


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