BLANDFORD UTD 3 PORTLAND UNITED RES 5

Saturday 12th January 2019

Portland United brought all three points back from Blandford United on Saturday in The Dorset Premier League. This was Blandfords 1st home defeat since September, in that time they have played eleven games home and away only losing 2, both against Portland United Reserves.

It was the home side that went ahead as a ball in behind was converted. Portland hit back almost immediately as Lloyd Beals rifled his shot in to the top corner of the net before edging ahead as Che Curran stooped to head home from an Ed Bastick centre.

Portland made it 3-1 when Curran completed his brace when played in by Sean Bessant, Currans fierce ended up in the home sides net despite the best attempt of the home keeper.

The Blues seemed intent on putting the game to bed before half time as the home stopper pulled off superb saves from Josh Camps header and then from Camps drive from close range. Camp was a thorn in the home side as he went clear but his finish was tame and held by Blandfords number one. Blandford also had their chances hitting the post twice in the half.

Just before half time Blandford reduced the arrears with a breakaway goal to make it 3-2 and remind Portland of their attacking prowess on the break.
The second half couldn`t have started better for The Blues of Portland as they won a corner, Camp delivered a pin point ball for Bessant to head home to extend the away sides advantage.

Blandford again came back with a goal following a quick counter attack after the Portland rearguard failed to deal with the pace of the Blandford frontman.
Portland sealed the win in the last 10 minutes when substitute Derek Wall was played in by Sol Roche with Wall rounding the keeper before rolling the ball in to the net from an acute angle.

Looking back at the game Portland United Reserves Manager Justin Faulkner commented "It`s widely known Blandford is a very hard place to come, they`ve got some good pace in the team and they look to get it forward quickly. I don`t mean that disrespectfully because they have some good players and they play to their strengths. They caused us problems playing that way in both games and they have and still will cause a lot of teams problems this season. It suited them that we had the ball as we like to do and play on the counter attack. We re-focused ourselves at half time and I think we coped much better after the break. I think we should have probably scored more but I`m happy with the win and the 3 points."

Faulkner also added "This team is evolving all the time and improving, we had a hard run of results around Christmas and the new year but they have bounced back from that with two successive wins away from home. That shows great character, the blend of youth and experience is good. I know I keep saying it but if you gave us this position before the start of the season I would have snapped your arm off, we are just three points off second place although the teams around us do have games in hand."

Team Lineup & Stats for Saturday 12th January 2019

No Player Yellow Cards Red Cards Assists Goals
1 Jones, Ross 0 0 0 0
2 Curran, Che 0 0 0 2
3 Hankin, Louis 0 0 0 0
4 Anstey, Adam 0 0 0 0
5 Butcher, Tyler 0 0 0 0
6 Bessant, Sean 0 0 1 1
7 Bastick, Ed 0 0 2 0
8 Beals. Lloyd 0 0 0 1
9 Roche, Emanuel 0 0 0 0
10 Roche, Sol 0 0 1 0
11 Camp, Josh 0 0 1 0
Substitutes
12 Stavrianos, Stefanos 0 0 0 0
14 Wall, Derek 1 0 0 1
15 Wilson, Lance 0 0 0 0
Unused Substitutes

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