Sunday 14th October 2018

Portland United Reserves took all three points from their Dorset Premier League game from visitors Sturminster Newton on Saturday. The Blues Manager Justin Faulkner was keen to get a response from his side after their disappointing cup upset last time out.

It was the visitors who could have gone ahead as they hit the post while the home side were looking for an offside flag to go up, in retaliation to that Sean Zima saw his blockbuster drive well saved by the Stur goalkeeper before the Stur goal frame was rattled by Manny Roche when his drive hit the crossbar.

The deadlock wasn`t broken until the 41st minute when Ross Jones found Louis Hankin whose low drive found the bottom corner with the with the aid of a deflection.
The Blues doubled their advantage when awarded a penalty after Hankin was fouled after another dangerous run forward, Sean Zima putting the resulting spot kick away.

Portland affectively wrapped the game up with 15 minutes to go as Sean Zimas free kick in to the area was despatched in to the net by Aston Butcher for his 1st goal of the season.

Sturminster found a goal of their own as Portland failed to clear a ball in to the box which was converted in amongst a melee of players.

Looking back at the game Faulkner commented "I asked for a response from the lads after last week, I think I got that, we controlled the game in the main with Stur sitting in and looking to counter very quickly. We were let off when they hit the post at 0-0 but we`ve scored 3 and think we could have had more but that is job done and the important thing is that we take the points, that`s what it`s about at the end of the day."

Faulkner also added "Sturminster Newton were better than I expected them to be, they didn`t give us a moments peace and very dangerous on the counter attack, if they can play like that for the rest of the season I`m sure it won`t be too long before they are putting points on the board. As for our season I think we are probably ahead of where we thought we would be, that doesn`t mean we get to take it easy, quite the opposite because we need to work hard to maintain the standards we have seen this season and look to improve again."

Team Lineup & Stats for Sunday 14th October 2018

No Player Yellow Cards Red Cards Assists Goals
1 Jones, Ross 0 0 1 0
2 Mitchell, Billy 0 0 0 0
3 Hankin, Louis 0 0 0 1
4 Butcher, Aston 0 0 0 1
5 Hill, Alan 0 0 0 0
6 Anstey, Adam 0 0 0 0
7 Zima, Sean 0 0 1 1
8 Roche, Emanuel 1 0 0 0
9 Wall, Derek 0 0 0 0
10 Roche, Sol 0 0 0 0
11 Camp, Josh 0 0 0 0
12 Boatswain, Ross 0 0 0 0
15 Hawke, Sean 0 0 0 0
Unused Substitutes
14 Butcher, Tyler 0 0 0 0
16 Zima, Rory 0 0 0 0


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