Saturday 29th December 2018

Portland United Reserves suffered their 4th defeat in a row at the hands of relegation threatened Wareham Rangers who recorded only their 2nd win of the season in The Dorset Premier League on Saturday.

The Blues went in to half time 2-0 down despite dominating possession for long periods and also hitting the woodwork twice through Adam Anstey and Aaron Ryan whilst also having the ball cleared from on the goal line.

After the break Portland reduced the arrears when Sean Zima found the net off the underside of the crossbar but were unable to find an equaliser as Wareham defended for their lives.

Looking back at the game Portland United Reserves Manager commented "We have picked up where we left off against Gillingham last time out where as we kept the ball well, passed up some good chances to score only to be caught out and give away a cheap goal. Then we are chasing the game and for the second week running I am saying we should have been 2-0 up before they`ve even had a sniff of goal. We knew what to expect, they have a couple of quick lads and they like to get it forward early with long balls in to those players. Unfortunately having possession of the ball doesn`t score you goals or we would have won at a canter."

Faulkner also added "Unfortunately availability this time of the year is tricky, that coupled with injuries and 1st team call ups has not helped. It`s not a moan, as a reserve side we know what to expect but it is frustrating not to get consistency which is clearly not helping us at the moment. We move on to next week at Shaftesbury Reserves which will be another big test for us. We are not getting too down because the 1st half of the season was fantastic for us, this season is about consolidation in the league and staying up. The aim hasn`t changed all that much."

Team Lineup & Stats for Saturday 29th December 2018

No Player Yellow Cards Red Cards Assists Goals
1 Luque, Ant 0 0 0 0
2 Boatswain, Ross 0 0 0 0
3 Butcher, Tyler 0 0 0 0
4 Beals. Lloyd 0 0 0 0
5 Anstey, Adam 0 0 0 0
6 Hawke, Sean 0 0 0 0
7 Ryan, Aaron 0 0 0 0
8 Roche, Emanuel 1 0 0 0
9 Wall, Derek 0 0 0 0
10 Zima, Sean 0 0 0 1
11 Camp, Josh 0 0 0 0
12 Carter, George 0 0 0 0
15 Hankin, Louis 0 0 0 0
16 Wilson, Lance 0 0 0 0
Unused Substitutes
14 Gould, Liam 0 0 0 0


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