SHERBORNE TOWN RES 3 PORTLAND UTD RES 1

Sunday 07th October 2018

Dorset Senior Trophy

Portland United crashed out of the Senior Trophy on Saturday at the hands of fellow Dorset Premier League side Sherborne Town Reserves. The Blues had been to the quarter final and semi final of this competition in the last 2 seasons when playing the football in the Dorset Senior League. Portland beat Sherborne Town Reserves 4-0 en route to that semi final where they were eventually beaten by Holt United.

The sides had also met a few weeks previous when The Blues run riot winning 5-1 but could have been much better for the islanders if they had made the most of some good chances, they took their foot off the gas in the second half already 4-0 up.

Sherborne went ahead after 8 minutes as debatable free kick given on the edge of the area was despatched in off the underside of the bar by Raith Plant before going 2-0 up when Oliver Hebbard was played through 1 on 1.

After the break Portland pulled one back as Ash Smith headed home with The Blues gaining the upper hand. That would be as good as it got though as Che Curran was shown a straight Red Card for a rash challenge.

The 10 men then began a period of dominating the ball but were unable to find a break through with the home keeper in inspired form keeping out countless efforts across the game. The Blues were made to pay for those missed chances as Sherborne added a third to put the game beyond Portland.

Looking back at the game manager Justin Faulkner commented "It was one of those days today, didn`t get ourselves going and nothing really came off for us. It was in stark contrast to the game last week! Big decisions didn`t go our way today, perhaps on another day they do, we were denied a free kick on the edge of their box to get given a softer one against us at the other end in the same minute which culminates in a goal. With Che`s sending off, if he got the free kick when their lad tried to take him down from behind then the next challenge doesn`t happen, I felt we just didn`t get the rub of the green. By the same token I do not think any of the side we put out today could have any arguments should they be dropped for the next game, we didnt play well at all, no one really stood out to ensure they play again next week. Credit to Sherborne they didn`t give us an easy day and really wanted it and that showed in the celebrations after the game. I think they wanted it more than us! Which is very disappointing........ I think we`ve beaten ourselves."

Faulkner also added "Unfortunately it has come in the cup which has always been good to us but that wasn`t a priority for us this season, we can focus a bit more on the league and see where we can go there. We will definitely be looking for a response when we entertain Sturminster Newton next week who are scrapping for their lives and yet to register points. I`m considering making changes to the shape and personnel because that performance was unacceptable. But we will see!"

Team Lineup & Stats for Sunday 07th October 2018

No Player Yellow Cards Red Cards Assists Goals
1 Jones, Ross 0 0 0 0
2 Smith, Ash 0 0 0 1
3 Hankin, Louis 0 0 0 0
4 Curran, Che 0 1 0 0
5 Butcher, Aston 0 0 0 0
6 Anstey, Adam 0 0 0 0
7 Zima, Sean 0 0 0 0
8 Roche, Emanuel 0 0 0 0
9 Zima, Rory 0 0 0 0
10 Roche, Sol 0 0 1 0
11 Camp, Josh 0 0 0 0
Substitutes
12 Boatswain, Ross 0 0 0 0
14 Butcher, Tyler 0 0 0 0
15 Camp, Josh 0 0 0 0
Unused Substitutes

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