Saturday 10th November 2018

Portland United Reserves ended Blandfords unbeaten run on Saturday in The Dorset Premier League whilst continuing their winning run to 7 games, lifting them to 2nd on the table.

It was The Blues that went ahead on 15 minutes as Alex Halloran, returning from injury, hit an unstoppable shot in to the top right of the net.

Portland doubled their advantage on 39 minutes when Billy Mitchells cross cum shot found the back of the away teams net.

Good chances in the half also fell to Sol Roche who had his drive saved well by the away stopper whilst Billy Mitchell went through 1 on 1 but his drive was also saved by the Blandford keeper.

In the second half Portland had the upper hand in terms of possession and could have extended their lead but Roches header was well saved before he saw his fierce shot hit the crossbar and went over. Sean Zima saw his low drive tipped around the post from the edge of the box. Mitchell had another 1 on 1 and again unable to beat the keeper who was in inspired form. Jamie Beasley was played through by Sean Hawke but his ball across the box for Roche was cut out with a last ditch tackle before Beasley blasted over from a left wing cross.

In the last 5 minutes Blandford exerted some pressure and got their consolation when a free kick in to the box was converted.

Looking back at the game Portland United Reserves manager Justin Faulkner commented "I thought we played reasonably well today but we have missed some really good chances to score some goals. A mixture of poor finishing, decisions and some outstanding goalkeeping has kept them in the game for the majority. I think perhaps we should have gone in at half time with a bigger lead but in the second half some of the chances we missed were criminal really. Then Blandford scored with 5 minutes to go and then we looked nervous but we shouldn`t of got to that point with the chances we`ve had."

Faulkner also added "Whatever happens from now on we can put this down as a good season, we aren`t mathematically safe yet. I know that sounds like a funny thing to say given where we are at the moment but that was our aim and objective at the start of the season and we all know how things can change quickly in this game if you become complacent. Yes we are in a good position but the teams around us all have games in hand so we will have to see what happens with them but lets not take anything away from what we are achieving in our first season in this division. A massive amount of credit goes to this group of players, their attitude and work rate is top notch."

Portland United Reserves have no game this week as Shaftesbury Town Reserves, who they were due to play, play their Dorset Senior Trophy game.

Team Lineup & Stats for Saturday 10th November 2018

No Player Yellow Cards Red Cards Assists Goals
1 Tewkesbury, Jordan 0 0 0 0
2 Sharpe, Lee 0 0 0 0
3 Hankin, Louis 0 0 0 0
4 Curran, Che 0 0 0 0
5 Evans, Shane 0 0 0 0
6 Anstey, Adam 0 0 0 0
7 Zima, Sean 0 0 0 0
8 Halloran, Alex 0 0 0 1
9 Roche, Sol 0 0 0 0
10 Beasley, Jamie 0 0 0 0
11 Mitchell, Billy 0 0 0 1
12 Camp, Josh 0 0 0 0
14 Hawke, Sean 0 0 0 0
17 Ryan, Aaron 0 0 0 0
Unused Substitutes
15 Jones, Charlie 0 0 0 0
16 Roche, Emanuel 0 0 0 0


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