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MANAGER REQUIRED - PORTLAND UTD FC

Saturday 18 Apr 2020

Statement from Robin Satherley Chairman Portland United FC Portland United FC are seeking a new Manager following a decision by the current Manager, Brendon King, to resign from his post with immediate affect. In this respect, the club wish to put on record their thanks to Brendon for all his hard work and endeavour on behalf of the "Blues" over the past two seasons. Under his management the club reached fourth in the league last season + runners up in the Sydenhams Wessex League Cup. We wish him all the best for the future. Interested applicants for this post should contact the Club Secretary, Randle Gates, via the club's email address: secretary.portlandutdfc@aol.co.uk

Portland season review – Blues put faith in emerging talent

Wednesday 01 Apr 2020

PORTLAND United may not have had an earth-shattering season, but the Blues are rebuilding for the future. Manager Brendon King has blooded several youngsters during the campaign, with the emergence of Dorchester loan duo Ben Morris and Josh Williams a highlight. Left-back James Cox has also claimed a regular place in the side, although he will now join the Royal Navy, while teenage striker Bailey Rowe laid claim to the number nine shirt. Portland’s season began with a testing trip to promoted side AFC Stoneham and the Blues were promptly 2-0 down in eight minutes before succumbing 4-1. League troubles would continue to plague the Blues, who drew with Shaftesbury, Horndean and Tadley Calleva in amongst two promising cup runs. Beginning in the extra preliminary round, Portland beat Solent University 3-0 and Hamworthy United 4-3 to reach the first qualifying round. Facing a long trip to Gloucestershire, Portland came away with a terrific 2-0 win at Longlevens to set up a mouthwatering home tie with Steve Claridge’s Salisbury. In the League Cup, Portland also hit their stride with a 5-0 dismantling of Fleet Town as King’s men targeted an improvement on last year’s final loss. Portland’s dream of reaching the FA Cup would finally dissipate when the Southern Premier South side took a slender 1-0 victory in front of a bumper 574-strong crowd at the Weyline Stadium. Immediately afterwards, the Blues collected their first league win of the campaign when seeing off Baffins Milton Rovers 2-0 in late September. Mid-October saw Portland maul an under-strength Amesbury Town 12-2 as Jamie Symes netted four goals and Morris bagging a hat-trick. However, a 2-0 exit to Exmouth in the FA Vase put paid to the Blues’ tilt at reaching Wembley, although league form evolved. Portland’s run of seven games unbeaten from October into November – including six wins – was finally ended by a shock 4-3 home loss to perennial strugglers Solent. Impressive wins against Tadley in the League Cup and 10-man leaders Alresford, with respective 4-1 and 5-0 scorelines, helped Portland close out 2019 with notable improvements. A 3-2 loss to Hamworthy in foggy conditions did hamper the Blues’ push for the top six, setting into motion a sequence of five defeats in six games. From there, Portland won their remaining four fixtures of the season amid postponements for the increasingly inclement weather. Amesbury were brushed off 3-1, while Blues’ hero Lewis Whyton made his 500th appearance in the 2-0 win at Bournemouth Poppies. One player in particular finished off the season in style, though. Step forward Ryan McKechnie, who blasted hat-tricks in 5-1 and 6-1 wins over Brockenhurst plus Totton & Eling. Yet more drama was to come as three members of the Blues’ staff displayed flu-like symptoms an hour into the journey to AFC Portchester. Eventually, league officials and King called the game off as fears over coronavirus began to take hold. And the FA duly voided all football in Steps 3 to 7, with no promotion or relegation, two weeks later with the Blues nestled in 11th, 22 points off first-placed Alresford. Portland also look set to complete the purchase of their ground and now await next season, whenever it goes ahead, as the Blues continue plotting for the future.

Portland game off as three staff members fall ill

Saturday 14 Mar 2020

PORTLAND United’s league clash at AFC Portchester today has been postponed after three members of the Blues’ staff fell ill with flu-like symptoms. News of the postponement follows a raft of countrywide suspensions across football leagues amid the coronavirus pandemic. The trio displayed flu-like symptoms in the build-up to the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division fixture. Two of the three are confirmed not to have been in self-isolation, with at least one fully recovered having minimised contact with other people since Tuesday's 6-1 win over Totton & Eling. None of the three have been diagnosed with coronavirus and the measures are precautionary. Portland were in transit to play Portchy before league bosses and boss Brendon King made a joint decision for his players and staff to return home. Speaking to Echosport, King criticised Wessex League chiefs for what he perceived to be a lenient stance on the situation. He said: “We spoke to the league and we were an hour into the journey when I spoke to our secretary (Randle Gates) and said ‘I’m not comfortable with this decision of having to play’. “The league basically told us to turn around and ultimately they should’ve made these decisions. “They shouldn’t have left it to the clubs to get into this situation. “Perhaps we shouldn’t have travelled. Perhaps we should’ve said yesterday that we’re not prepared to travel because we’ve got people that are maybe showing symptoms of (coronavirus). “It might just be flu, but we’re not doctors. You try and get a doctor’s appointment, which they have.” He added: “It’s a tricky situation but I’m not prepared for my players to go up (to Portchester) and be in contact, potentially, in a dressing room if we’ve got people that are carrying it. “That’s not right in my eyes, so we turned around. You’ve got to look at the bigger picture sometimes and what’s more important than a game of football.” However, Portchester took to Twitter to voice their displeasure at the late postponement. In two tweets, they said: “Despite the hard work of our ground staff to ensure the game could go ahead unfortunately today's game is now OFF. “Portland set out for the game but then informed us after midday that they had some players who were unwell. So disappointingly there is no game today. “Really disappointing today's game is off - so many people at the club have worked exceptionally hard to ensure the game could go ahead. “And food was prepared and ready for pre-match hospitality and for expected spectators for today too. Really late call makes impact greater.” Portchester manager Mick Catlin tweeted the sudden postponement had been “at a lot of cost to our club based on poor direction.” He added it “sets a precedent now and again shifts the responsibility onto clubs to make decisions we are not qualified to make. We genuinely hope everyone @PortlandUnited are OK.”

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