Sunday 21st October 2018

Portland United Reserves continued their good start to life in The Dorset Premier League with a victory against Holt United at The Weyline Stadium.

The hosts started poorly as they were forced to shuffle their squad due to injuries, suspensions and unavailabilities. In a dominant opening 20 minutes Holts scored when the Portland rear guard didn`t react to a ball across the box which didn`t go out of play, the resulting ball cut back and converted from the edge of the box. The visitors were guilty of passing up some very good opportunities to add to the score which they would later regret.

Portland found an equaliser on 31 minutes, against the run of play as Derek Wall found Billy Mitchell whose fierce shot went in at the near post despite the best efforts of the away keeper to ensure the teams went in level at half time.

Straight from the restart The Blues were reminded of Holts threat as Ross Jones pulled off a superb save when called upon in a one on one. Portland then edged ahead on 56 minutes as the ball broke to Josh Camp 25 yards out who chipped the ball in to the net with a sumptuous lob.

WIth 73 minutes played Wall grabbed his 7th goal of the season as he latched on to Sean Zimas through ball before rounding the keeper to slot in to an empty net. Holt came again and hit the crossbar with a thunderous strike.

Portland wrapped the win up as Camp found Sol Roche whose neat finish put the icing on the cake and ensured the points stayed at Portland United.

Looking back at the game Portland United Reserves manager Justin Faulkner commented "We were slow to get going today, I don`t ever want to see the 1st 20-25 minutes ever again, Holt scored one and made alot of chances but as we know if you don`t make your chances count you are generally punished in this league. We were forced to shuffle things in defence today with Liam Gould coming in to play an unfamiliar role and Jack Thompson who hasn`t played for a while, once they got themselves in to the game after 25 minutes they done very well. We got the equaliser and the confidence and belief came flooding back, the hardest thing when you are a newly promoted side is to make the lads believe they are capable of competing with some of the best teams, Holt still have a lot of quality in their side and some good experience."

Faulkner also added "We are a young side, always developing and gaining experience. That result lifts us to 4th in the table but this changes nothing and we will continue to take each game as it comes whilst trying to win every game. We want to test ourselves every week and challenge ourselves to keep this fantastic league run going. We are capable but we just need to believe it!"

Attendance : 49

Match Ball Sponsor : Cobby Gould

Team Lineup & Stats for Sunday 21st October 2018

No Player Yellow Cards Red Cards Assists Goals
1 Jones, Ross 0 0 0 0
2 Mitchell, Billy 0 0 0 1
3 Hankin, Louis 0 0 0 0
4 Gould, Liam 0 0 0 0
5 Thompson, Jack 0 0 0 0
6 Anstey, Adam 0 0 0 0
7 Zima, Sean 0 0 1 0
8 Roche, Emanuel 0 0 0 0
9 Wall, Derek 0 0 1 1
10 Roche, Sol 1 0 1 1
11 Camp, Josh 0 0 1 1
14 Jones, Charlie 0 0 0 0
15 Ryan, Aaron 0 0 0 0
Unused Substitutes
12 Hawke, Sean 0 0 0 0


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