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Saturday 19th December 2020

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.

Team Lineup & Stats

No Player Yellow Cards Red Cards Assists Goals
1 Edgar, Mike 0 0 0 0
2 Lowes, Oli 0 0 0 0
3 Hankin, Louis 0 0 0 0
4 Hutchinson, Harry 0 0 0 0
5 2. Ast Manager: Sam Poole 0 0 0 0
6 1. Manager Franklyn Clarke 0 0 0 0
7 Morris, Ben 0 0 0 0
8 Williams, Josh 0 0 0 0
9 McKechnie, Ryan 0 0 0 0
10 Hewitt, Joel 0 0 0 0
11 Smith, Marcus 0 0 0 0
12 Clarke, Lewis 0 0 0 0
14 Borthwick, Greg 0 0 0 0
15 Hanratty, Lewis 0 0 0 0
Unused Substitutes
16 Fowles, Ben 0 0 0 0