Saturday 23rd February 2019

Merley Cobham Sports took all 3 points at The Weyline Stadium on Saturday in The Dorset Premier League with Portland United manager Justin Faulkner claiming the score line "didn`t represent how the game went" and that his side "gave a good account of themselves".

Merley went ahead as a powerful shot squirmed through the hands of Ross Jones in The Blues goal before a cut back was converted. Just before half time The Blues gave themselves a lifeline when Josh Camp was brought down after a good build up, Camp dusted himself down and converted the spot kick. Manny Roche also having a fierce drive saved by the away keeper which was destined for the net.

In the second half The Young Blues responded playing some good possession football giving Merley some problems at the back but Portland were missing the final ball or correct decision to break down a stubborn Merley rearguard with the away side looking to counter at every opportunity with the away side adding 2 more to their tally on the break away.

Looking back at the game Faulkner added "It looks like we`ve taken a bit of a hiding, the score doesn`t represent how the game went, I felt the game itself was alot closer than the score line suggests, it`s a goalkeeping error for the 1st goal and who knows if we go in at 1-1 then it might have been a different game, 1st half we didn`t get going but I thought we were much better in the second half but still not anywhere near what we have played this season. Having said that Merley are a good side, they know what their strengths are and play to them. Their front 3 have scored 80 of their 100 league goals this season, they are all a threat and very quick on the counter attack, they can finish as well. I think this Merley side will get themselves involved in the league title race."

Faulkner also added "We are on a poor run of form, I`m not making excuses but we are 26 games in to this season which previously would have been a full season in the Senior League where we came from last season with the average age of the team reducing drastically. I think today we only had 3/4 players over the age of 20, they gave a good account of themselves and in spells we played the better football. As I have said previously it is nice to keep churning results out but that is not our primary aim as we already have the points on the board, we are about blooding all these youngsters and giving them minutes against these good sides to aid their development going forward which will benefit us and readying them to step up to the 1st team if required."

Team Lineup & Stats for Saturday 23rd February 2019

No Player Yellow Cards Red Cards Assists Goals
1 Jones, Ross 0 0 0 0
2 Norman, Callum 0 0 0 0
3 Butcher, Tyler 0 0 0 0
4 Evans, Shane 0 0 0 0
5 Anstey, Adam 0 0 0 0
6 Beals. Lloyd 0 0 0 0
7 Mitchell, Billy 0 0 0 0
8 Roche, Emanuel 0 0 0 0
9 Roche, Sol 0 0 0 0
10 Wilson, Lance 0 0 0 0
11 Camp, Josh 0 0 0 1
14 Frost, Reece 0 0 0 0
16 Stavrianos, Stefanos 0 0 0 0
17 Tennant, Caleb 0 0 0 0
Unused Substitutes
12 Carter, George 0 0 0 0
15 Ryan, Aaron 0 0 0 0


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