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Sherborne win over Reserves

Tuesday 22 Dec 2020

PORTLAND UNITED RES 0 SHERBORNE TOWN RES 3 PORTLAND United Reserves have found life difficult in the Dorset Premier League since lockdown and it was the same story for the Blues as a strengthened Sherborne Town Reserves won 3-0 at the Camp & Satherley Stadium. Incredibly, the drop-off in form since the shutdown has been stark, Justin Faulkner’s men losing all three of their games and this clash representing only the second game of the campaign where they were unable to find the back of the opposition’s net. As it was, the Zebras rattled in three goals as winger Dec Cornish, who has turned out for Bridport this season, Steve Burton and Nick Jacobs all got on the scoresheet. Reflecting on the game, Faulkner said: “It was a really bad day at the office, we didn’t get out of the changing rooms for 70-odd minutes of the game and it appeared we were just going through the motions, to be honest. “We didn’t play well at all or to any acceptable level that is required to be in this league or even at a club like Portland.” Faulkner added: “Being a reserve side they are always likely to strengthen as we are entitled to do. “With what is going on at the moment and leagues effectively closing down it is causing all these odd results with Southern (League) players dropping into the Wessex or Western League and (vice versa); it is a knock-on effect. “I don’t see that stopping any time soon either and I can’t see the leagues even finishing if we are subject to another lockdown. “Going from credible results like what we seen for the four games since the opening day of the season to racking up three straight defeats is very disappointing and really makes it tough for us to climb the league as we are getting cut adrift from the top 10. “We will continue to develop this group of players and once we adjust to the way the club want to play I’m sure the results will come. “Confidence is low at the moment and that is my job to pick them up after each defeat. We didn’t give up and will fight on.” Blues’ Reserves: Hadley, Hill, Riley, Tennant (Tyler Butcher), G Carter, Evans, Barrell (Garbutt), Wilson, Ryan, Read, Tom Butcher (Diaz). Sub not used: James.

Blues see league fixtures suspended

Tuesday 22 Dec 2020

PORTLAND United have seen their fixtures paused until January after Wessex League officials suspended competitive action. Franklyn Clarke's Blues will not play until Tuesday, January 18 at the earliest, pending a review taking into account government and FA guidelines. League Cup games are also frozen with some teams in the division located in Tier 4 areas. Wessex League officials admitted the decision was "difficult" to administer. "With three clubs, a number of club officials, players and match officials based in tier four, there are concerns with the health and welfare of everyone involved in our league." they said in a statement. "Additionally, travel in and out of different tiers could be problematic. "All clubs were asked if they were in favour of postponing, or continuing with fixtures during these difficult times. "The majority of clubs answered that they were in favour of postponing - six clubs wished to continue with fixtures. "The subject was discussed during last night's board meeting. "The board made the difficult decision to postpone league and League Cup fixtures. "This decision will be reviewed on January 18, however that may change subject to further announcements from the government, DCMS and the FA. "The break from playing fixtures provides clubs with the opportunity to review and update their risk assessments if appropriate, revisit the Covid-19 regulations and remind management teams and squads of their responsibilities, individually and collectively." The decision raises questions over whether the season will finish as planned. Other leagues, such as the Southern League, are currently suspended while the Western League has only just ended a break in matches. Portland will miss five games through the festive and New Year period: Christchurch, Blackfield & Langley, Bournemouth Poppies, Bashley and Fareham.

Clarke rues lapse in focus

Monday 21 Dec 2020

PORTLAND United boss Franklyn Clarke rued a costly spell in the second half as Lymington punished the Blues for losing focus in a 2-0 Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division loss. Title-chasing Lymington have now kept 10 clean sheets in 12 games, winning 11, while the islanders sit 18th. Goals from Owen Fee and debutant Toby Bailey gave the Linnets victory, while former Weymouth centre-back Jordan Rose made his debut for the Hampshire team. Clarke felt his players had “switched off” but backed the islanders to improve and earn results. He told Echosport: “It was much better, but there was a spell of five minutes in the game where they had two moments and they punished us. “Apart from that, for 85 minutes it was a really good performance. “We’re trying to learn as a group to manage those moments better when it goes against us or when we go behind – not to let it have a huge effect on us and stay in games longer. “The last 20 minutes we were on the front foot and looked like we were going to score. “The first half we had a couple of decent chances where if we take them it’s a different game. “It’s much better and I’m happy with the response (to the 5-1 loss at Shaftesbury).” But Clarke was realistic about the Blues’ 11th defeat of the campaign. “I’m not getting carried away, it was another defeat and we conceded two, but the improvements are there to see. “There’s improvements in them taking information on board, the performance, the attitude is still spot on like it always has been. “We’re getting there. It was never going to be a quick fix, it’s going to take time, but we’re moving in the right direction. “It’s just concentration and maintaining it for 90 minutes. As soon as we start doing that, we’ll start winning games. “I can’t complain too much, it was just a five-minute spell that’s cost us that game – we just switched off.”

Lymington ease past United

Sunday 20 Dec 2020

LYMINGTON TOWN 2 Fee, Bailey PORTLAND UNITED 0 IMPROVED Portland United battled to a 2-0 loss at Lymington Town as the Linnets recorded their 11th win from 12 Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division games. Able to bring in former Weymouth centre-back Jordan Rose prior to the clash, the Linnets claimed a remarkable 10th clean sheet in the league this season. Lymington underlined their credentials for the title but were made to work hard for victory by the Blues, who created several chances in a goalless first half. Portland came close to beating home keeper Ross Casey when Ryan McKechnie led a three-on-two chance. The Blues’ skipper could have found a teammate but chose to drive at goal himself and was denied by a fine save from Casey. Portland, without defender Sam Buckler after a groin strain in the warm-up, rigidly kept to their shape and asked questions of Lymington, who could not break the islanders down at set-pieces. Ex-Dorchester keeper Mike Edgar, in for the injured Josh Lucas, dealt with the danger Lymington posed and instead it was the visitors who might have led. Ben Morris tested Casey from long-range and just inside the area but crucially the hosts held firm into the break. A blip in concentration cost Portland as Lymington’s Owen Fee was afforded a yard of space in the box to shift the ball out of his feet and finish past Edgar. An almost carbon copy goal arrived for debutant Toby Bailey as Portland swiftly went 2-0 down. Blues’ boss Franklyn Clarke has instilled a superb work ethic into the young Blues and, with 15 minutes to go, Lymington were firmly on the backfoot. Portland threatened from corners and Clarke himself let fly with a deflected effort that failed to test Casey, before Lymington survived a headed chance in a crowded box to see out the win. Portland next play after Christmas when Christchurch are the visitors to the Camp & Satherley Stadium on Tuesday, December 29 (7.30pm). Blues: Edgar, Lowes, Hankin, Hutchinson, Poole, F Clarke, Morris (Hanratty 80), Williams, McKechnie, Hewitt (L Clarke 55), Smith (Borthwick 50). Sub not used: Fowles Attendance: 89

Blues to fly ‘head on’ at Lymington

Friday 18 Dec 2020

PORTLAND United boss Franklyn Clarke vowed to tackle high-flying Lymington Town “head on” during their Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division scrap. Prior to Tuesday night, Lymington had won all 10 of their league games this season until Bashley upset the formbook with a 3-0 away victory. Portland are looking to pick up their first away points since an impressive 4-2 win at Hamble and Clarke knows his young side will work hard whatever the outcome. He told Echosport: “It’s a tough game, they lost (Tuesday) for the first time. “They’re a good side and it’s always been a tough place to go. It’s a difficult one but we’re going to go there and face it head on. “What we’ve got is a good honest group. “I know they’ll always work hard for me and I know what I’m going to get from them. We’ll give it our best. “What we did against Hamble just shows what we can do when we perform and the quality we have. “We scored four goals away from home, that doesn’t happen by accident – it’s because we’ve got good players.” Portland are expected to bring in a replacement goalkeeper after Josh Lucas broke a hand in the 5-1 loss at Shaftesbury in midweek. Lucas requires surgery, scheduled for today, and is the islanders’ only injury doubt. Portland currently sit in 18th of the 20 teams and could move up to 14th with three points and provided other results go their way. Lymington, meanwhile, sit third on 30 points from 11 games.