Sunday 04th November 2018

Portland United Reserves continued their winning league sequence in The Dorset Premier League on Saturday by beating a hard working Wareham Rangers at Purbeck Sports Centre.

In the 1st half The Blues kept the ball well but struggled to break down an industrious Wareham defence, the best chances of the half fell to Derek Wall who prodded his shot beyond the outrushing keeper but narrowly wide of the target and then forcing the home keeper in to an excellent reflex save from Walls fierce drive.

After the break the pattern of the game remained the same with Portland having the lions share of possession whilst probing for opportunities to score.

At 0-0 Wall and Sol Roche both went through with only the keeper to beat took their shots early missing the target. Josh Camp missed from close range as he fired Louis Hankins cut back wide of the near post.

The break through cam on 70 minutes when Sean Zimas left wing corner was volleyed in to the top left corner of the net by captain Adam Anstey.

With the home team tiring Portland added a second when Shane Evans cross found Derek Wall who looped his header over the home stopper for his 8th goal of the season.

Portland wrapped the game up when Sean Hawkes raking through ball found Shane Evans who made no mistake with his header to bring the 3 points back to The Weyline Stadium and lift The Blues to 4th in The Dorset Premier League on goal difference.

Looking back at the game Portland United Reserves manager commented "It was a frustrating game today, Wareham were energetic and were set up to make it difficult for us, but I also think our finishing could have been better. Before we scored our 1st we should have been 2 up already, and that`s where the frustration comes from. But our lads remained patient and continued to keep the ball well, looking for those opportunities which is pleasing. I thought skipper Adam Anstey was superb today in geeing up the young lads and popping up with a vital goal when needed, a real captains contribution."

Faulkner also added "That result lifts us to 4th in the table with 1 goal separating us from being 3rd which when you consider how we started the season is a remarkable achievement, the young lads that have come in are proving they have the quality at this level, I have no doubt some of these will go on to represent our 1st team in the future. That has been the clubs and my aim since day 1, to create a reserve side who are capable of stepping up to the 1st team if needed. I think I raised a few eyebrows when I took over a team finishing bottom of the Senior League and declaring I would be aiming to get this side in The DPL, I think you have to aim your sights high and have ambitions, or else what have you got to aspire to?"

Team Lineup & Stats for Sunday 04th November 2018

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


  • Wessex Gas Works

  • S & W Shellfish

  • The Cove House Inn

  • Advoco

  • Yesss Electrical

  • Vision Building Co.

  • Switched On Electrical Engineers Ltd

  • Skelly Construction

  • The Three Ells Trust

  • The Window Man

  • Regency Dental Practice

  • Ayya Bars

  • Weymouth Precision Engineers Ltd

  • Island Motor Services Ltd

  • Ian Burden

  • Punchbowl Inn

  • Perryfields Ltd

  • Chesil Beach Motors

  • A P Electrical

  • Tilleys

  • The Lobster Pot (Portland Bill) Ltd

  • Albion Stone

  • Pengillys Solicitors

  • Easton Motor Services

  • www.koopi.co.uk

  • DW Roofing

  • Travis Perkins

  • Turrell Ltd

  • Pat Kempson

  • Codfathers

  • Portex Portland Ltd

  • Portland Stone

  • Park Laundry

  • R J King (Insurance Brokers) Ltd

  • Tom & Erins

  • Bob Naerger

  • KML Engineering