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100 Club Winners - October

Friday 20 Nov 2020

The 100 Club for October was drawn by Jan Camp, the winners were as follows:- First prize Tom Savage Second Dave Norster Third Tom Butcher Thank you to all who entered.... More Info -> #theblues

Historic moment for the game

Thursday 19 Nov 2020

Today marks an exciting milestone for grassroots football as the Premier League, The FA and Government's Football Foundation has announced the completion of the Local Football Facility Plans. The Plans outline what facilities every local authority area across England needs to meet the demand of football in their area. For the first time, this country has a roadmap to invest and build what every community needs. And the benefits of the facilities set out in the Plans go far beyond the pitch. They transform communities and change lives for the better. It’ll mean more people can play our national game, physical and mental health can be improved, communities can grow stronger and young people become more empowered. But the Plans are just the first step. We need to work with local authorities, partners and communities to turn these plans into reality. Everyone has their part to play. Find out how you can play yours by heading to the Football Foundation website and searching for your Local Plan, link below.......

Poole confident of staying up

Monday 16 Nov 2020

PORTLAND United assistant-manager Sam Poole is “confident” the Blues can escape the clutches of the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division relegation zone. Speaking to Echosport before lockdown, Poole believes the Blues, who sit in 19th place, have addressed their main problem of conceding goals. Portland have conceded eight goals on three separate occasions this season and were thumped 14-1 by Poole Town in a pre-season friendly. However, new boss Franklyn Clarke and Poole have steadied the ship – despite conceding eight at Cowes Sports in their second game. Poole insisted a repeat of the Cowes loss under the duo’s fresh leadership “certainly won’t be happening again.” He said: “Yeah, we’re confident of keeping them up. The biggest problem before coming in was conceding goals. “That’s something we needed to address right away, so we opted for a 3-5-2 formation. “It was a shame at Cowes, the boys dropped their heads and were used to conceding too many goals in games. “When it gets to a certain stage it’s hard to get out of that mindset. “That was a blip in terms of mine and Frank’s time at Portland. That certainly won’t be happening again. “In the grand scheme of things we’re a new team. We’ve brought six or seven players in and it’s a learning curve this season. “We’re only going to get better as we gel more as a team and Frank and I can get our ideas across in training and go and perform on a Saturday.”

Poole: 'Difficult decision' to leave Dorchester

Friday 13 Nov 2020

SAM Poole admitted it had been a “difficult decision” to leave Dorchester Town to take up the number two role at Portland United. Poole, along with midfielder Franklyn Clarke, exited the Magpies to form the Blues’ new management team and will play the occasional game at Grove Corner. The duo’s first job in the hotseat has yielded four points from five games, including an agonisingly late 2-1 defeat against Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division favourites Hamworthy. Clarke and Poole were regulars in Dorchester’s starting line-up this season before their move, but the offer of taking the reins at Portland proved tough to resist. He told Echosport: “I’ve got quite a hands-on role and support Frank as much as I can. “It was definitely the sway for the management piece, rather than the playing piece. “Obviously I’ve featured quite a bit and I’ll continue to play. Looking forward to the future, we’re bringing on the young lads. “Louis Hankin’s been superb since I’ve come in and we’ve brought Sam Buckler back, who’s an experienced player at this level. “He’s played for Portland before and captained the side so it’s been good to have him there too. “Louis, as an example, is someone I feel I can help and develop and would like to see him go further in the game.” Poole revealed he was “open-minded” on the move until talks with Portland tempted him to join. “It was definitely the management side of things that swayed me away from Dorchester, which was a difficult decision,” he said. “I’m a local boy, it’s my local club and I was quite excited by talking to Leigh (Robinson, Dorchester boss) about what he was looking to do at the start of the season. “Hopefully (turning) it around from the bad fortunes it’s had and create a feel-good factor. “I was open-minded at first. I wanted to speak to Portland about their ambitions and I knew a few players – they’ve got some really good people behind the scenes. “Although this year is probably about consolidation in the league, giving some players game time and opportunities to develop, next year we’ll be looking for top 10 as a target.”

Purples rock United in Stoneham defeat

Monday 09 Nov 2020

PORTLAND United boss Franklyn Clarke felt a sluggish first half contributed to a 3-0 home defeat to AFC Stoneham in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division. An improved second-half display could not save his side as the Purples’ Sam Woodward ended with a brace, backed up with Nathan Clements’ strike. Speaking to Echosport, he said: “First half we didn’t create much and struggled to get into it, we weren’t ourselves. “Second half we got on the football more, had more possession and started to look a bit more dangerous going forward. “We just lacked that cutting edge, that bit of creativity.” Clarke’s inexperienced islanders had gone 10 days without a fixture after last week’s postponement at Horndean. And an initial rustiness was evident as the Purples, nine of whose squad helped earn a second-placed finish last season, took a 2-0 lead. Portland’s best chance came when Ben Morris got to the byline and crossed for Greg Borthwick, only for a defender to block his eyeline and put him off the chance. Portland were far tidier in the second half, enjoying more possession, but Stoneham boosted their lead with another goal. The result, which still leaves Portland in 19th and three points off Brockenhurst in 14th, was the first time in Clarke’s five-game tenure where the Blues have failed to score. Portland are due to return after the second lockdown away to Shaftesbury on Saturday, December 5 (3pm). Blues: Boore, Toland, Hutchinson, Hankin, McKechnie, Williams, Fowles, Smith, Borthwick, Lowes, Morris. Subs: Lucas, Clarke, Hanratty, Coombs. Attendance: 138 Match ball sponsor: Charlie and Anne Bilke. Programme sponsor: Chesil Edge Cleaning Services

Poole`s alliance with Clarke

Friday 06 Nov 2020

SAM Poole revealed his alliance with boss Franklyn Clarke at Portland United has been “four or five years” in the making. Poole and Clarke first discussed the idea of joining forces at Blackfield & Langley, where the duo went on to win the Wessex Premier League title in 2017/18. Poole, a former Weymouth and Wimborne captain, left Dorchester in October with Clarke to take a first step into management. And the new Blues assistant-boss, who will turn out at centre-back this season, believes the partnership is well-equipped to improve a young Portland side. He told Echosport: “Obviously it’s our first job in management but it’s something we’ve been speaking about for four or five years. “We travelled up to Blackfield together, probably three years ago, and we’d been talking about it there and then. “Not for an opportunity to come up this soon, but once the playing career’s finished looking to get into management. “What do we need to do, how can we market ourselves, what experience do we need to get? “Frank’s had experience with (Dorchester) under-23s, he’s been a captain as well for Dorchester. “I’ve captained Blackfield, Wimborne and Weymouth so that leadership experience we feel we’ve got. “It always seems easier when you’ve played the game to be able to understand it a bit more from a player’s point of view and get that respect. “Everything we’ve had from the players has been 100 per cent. We’ve been very pleased with those performances.”

Match Update

Saturday 31 Oct 2020

The pitch at Horndean had passed an early morning pitch inspection but has since failed a second later inspection for the 1st teams Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division clash today meaning that the game is now postponed. Unfortunately the pitch at St Marys Field has failed their pitch inspection which means the Reserves game at Bridport Reserves in The Dorset Premier League has been postponed. A wash out for The Blues... #theblues

United must 'earn their points'

Friday 30 Oct 2020

PORTLAND United must “earn their points”, according to boss Franklyn Clarke. Away to Horndean in Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division action tomorrow (3pm), the Blues face one of the league’s hardest games. Horndean currently sit third, but Portland will be encouraged by strong displays against Amesbury, Hamworthy and Tadley as a youthful side begins to gel. Speaking to Echosport, Clarke said: “It’s another tough one, I remember going there as a player and it’s always known as a tough place to go. “You’re never going to go there and have an easy ride, pick up easy points. “The lads will have to earn their points. If we put in the same sort of performance as we did against Hamworthy and Tadley then you never know. “We’re aware of the challenge, all we can do is give it our best.” Striker Joel Hewitt and defender Alfie Toland (both ankle) are doubtful.

Halloran opts for United exit

Wednesday 28 Oct 2020

MIDFIELDER Alex Halloran insisted it was the “right time” to leave Portland United after 14 seasons. Halloran, who made the decision for footballing and professional reasons, made his Blues debut as a teenager in the mid-2000s. He went on to play in one of the most successful spells of the club’s history, winning three titles in four years under boss Gary Bailey. Bailey’s reign included winning the Wessex League in the 2016/17 season having clinched the Division One silverware in the previous campaign. Speaking to Echosport, Halloran felt the islanders’ current team needed to maintain a fresh feel as the rebuild under new boss Franklyn Clarke continues. He said: “I’m 33 now and a lot of people say that’s when you’re getting on. “I’ve been up there for so long that I’ve loved every season – I’ve been there 14 years on and off. “The teams we’ve had over the years, with a lot of friends I’ve made, I’ve played with so many good players. “It’s just where people have left for jobs, lives, families or they’ve gone to other teams. “It’s just not been the same the last season and a half. “With the new players, new manager up there it needs a revamp with youth to come through. The new management are putting their stamp on it. “I just felt it was the right time for me to make that decision. It was my decision and no-one else’s.” Halloran revealed he had talks with Clarke before deciding upon a split from the club. “We spoke briefly before I made the decision,” he said. “I wasn’t pushed and it wasn’t me saying I didn’t want to play for him. “It wasn’t an agreement, but it just felt like it was best for both parties. “He can bring in young lads he’s been dealing with through Dorch and he knows people locally. “He can give young lads a chance to play for Portland, it’s a great club. The best thing for them to do is to get the young lads in who can get some experience of playing at that level. “Then, hopefully they can stay in the league, get better and build on it.” Asked for his fondest memories at Portland, Halloran added: “The season we actually won the Wessex Prem. “We’ve had some great teams over the years, going back to when I was early 20s, and obviously good managers. “That’s why I stayed there so long because it was such a nice club to play for. “Definitely the season we won the Prem was the most memorable because the team was so good, from the starting XI to the subs. “We had such a good squad and everyone was so happy to play together. That was my most enjoyable season, just for the achievement. “Going from playing in the DPL, winning Wessex One and then winning the Wessex Prem after.”

Reserves share derby spoils

Monday 26 Oct 2020

PORTLAND UNITED RESERVES 1 Borthwick DORCHESTER SPORTS 1 Samways PORTLAND United Reserves fought back to draw 1-1 with Dorchester Sports in torrid conditions at the Camp & Satherley Stadium. Sports fielded seven ex-Blues in their starting XI with just a single point separating the sides before kick-off in this tight Dorset Premier League derby. Amid driving wind and rain, Sports made the first chance in the eighth as ex-Blue Jamie Symes teed up Jamie West who was unfortunate to see his shot expertly kept out on the line by home keeper Josh Hadley. Another former islander, Alex Godfrey, had a goal ruled out for offside on 20 minutes before the striker went off with a calf strain. West then went through one-on-one but found Hadley in excellent form again with a crucial block, Sports’ appeals for a penalty from the rebound waved away. Sports took the lead on 40 minutes, with sub Jamie Samways’ stunning free-kick finding the top-left corner of the net. Josh Camp did have the ball in the visitors’ net almost immediately only for the referee to bring play back for a free-kick which Camp put over the crossbar. Portland came out from half-time brighter but Jamie Rawlings was denied at close range by Hadley after dancing past two defenders. Blues grabbed an equaliser on the hour as Manny Roche chipped a neat ball in the box for Greg Borthwick to finish past former Dorchester keeper Nick Hutchings. West and Symes were guilty of missing further opportunities yet, while Portland finished the stronger, neither side could find a winner. Post-match, Blues’ boss Justin Faulkner said: “This was a typical local derby, neither side wanted to give an inch, I thought we were unlucky to go in to the break behind. “Josh has put the ball in the bottom corner but the ref brought it back for a free-kick to us, had he played the advantage and seen where it went we would have been level. “Take nothing away from Jamie Samways’ free-kick though, it was a very good finish, nothing Josh Hadley could have done with that one.” Faulkner added: “Having the wind in our faces made it harder second half but that made us keep the ball better and play it on the floor which is more the way we want to play and have been playing. “We rode our luck at times but we also made some good opportunities which we didn’t make the most of, the weather probably ruined what could have been an even more entertaining game. “Obviously Sports having so many of our old Wessex League players we knew quite a lot of what they will be about, they do have a lot of quality in their ranks and we managed to nullify that for big periods. “They did get a couple of good chances but were wasteful with them whereas Greg made no mistake with his only good chance of the game to get his first goal for the club. “At the start of pre-season I said to the group that I wanted to go and cause some upsets this season and really have a go at some of the best teams in this division, I think we have done that apart from the shocker we had against Blandford on the opening day of the season. “We were unlucky not to win at Ham Rec and took a point from Dorch Sports, two clubs who have players of Wessex League quality which is what my lads aspire to. That is our role, to produce players capable of stepping up to that level.” Sports’ manager Ashley James said: “We’re disappointed not to win – we did enough. It’s the story of the season, we didn’t take our chances again. “We didn’t lose the game and I suppose that’s the only consolation. “We were fantastic first half, we were against the wind, defended really well and had some really good chances going against what can only be described as gale-force winds. “We went 1-0 up at half-time and got blown into the changing rooms – it was that strong. “We came out second half and it was like a normal day, like someone had flicked a switch. To say it was bizarre was an understatement, so basically we had no advantage second half. It was very, very odd. “We thought we’d done enough first half against the wind but it just wasn’t there second half. It was an even game, they got their goal and in the end they were most likely to get the winner.” Commenting on the penalty shout, James added: “Jamie West went through one-on-one and hit it straight at the goalkeeper. “Then he got bundled down in the box, which I think should’ve been a penalty. “The ball ricocheted out, he followed it and the defender jumped over his back and he went down but it didn’t get given. “We had a couple of chances second half but we didn’t really create after their goal. It kind of knocked the stuffing out of us and towards the end they were on top and we were holding on a bit.” Sports now lie in ninth after their first draw of the league season, while Portland slip one place to 13th. Blues’ Reserves: Hadley, Diaz, Riley, Tennant, Ty Butcher, Read, To Butcher (Ryan), Garbutt, Borthwick, M Roche, Camp (Hill). Sub not used: Barrell. Sports: Hutchings, Smith, A Gould (Gosney), Anstey, Bessant, G Will, Watts (J Steele), Rawlings, West, Godfrey (Samways), Symes.

United earn draw at Tadley

Sunday 25 Oct 2020

TADLEY CALLEVA 1 PORTLAND UNITED 1 PORTLAND United picked up a second point on their Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division travels this season, drawing 1-1 at Tadley Calleva. The Blues’ youngsters continue to show signs of blossoming – this result coming after Tuesday’s cruel 2-1 stoppage-time loss to Hamworthy United. Playing a fixture which involved a 200-mile round trip, Portland defended superbly with the experienced Sam Poole and Sam Buckler ably supported by Louis Hankin. Portland had to find a way back from Josh Drew’s opening goal, his flicked header rocketing past away goalkeeper Steve Boore from a devilish inswinging corner. Showing the same spirit displayed against Hamworthy, the islanders duly levelled when midfielder Ryan McKechnie nodded home expertly for a 1-1 scoreline at half-time. After the break, promising midfielder Marcus Smith – playing his first 90 minutes for the Blues – fired narrowly off target. Joel Hewitt and Oli Lowes also tried their luck but were unable to add a second for the visitors. Tadley did apply late pressure but the Portland defence held firm to seal a creditable point on the road. After picking up his fourth point in four games as boss, Franklyn Clarke expressed his delight at the result, which consolidates Portland’s 18th position. He told Echosport: “I’m really happy – if we pick up a point in most of our away games I’ll be really happy. “It was another solid defensive display by the whole team. We defended from the front but the three centre-halves were unbelievable. “We’re getting better going forward in terms of quality, so it’s coming together nicely.” He added: “I think overall a draw was a fair result. “For our lads to do that on Tuesday night against Hamworthy, go toe-to-toe with them for 90 minutes, and then to put in another performance like that away from home, I’m made up with them. “It’s a good week. The performance rather than the result on Tuesday and then the performance and result today. Good progress is being made.” Blues: Boore, Coombs, Hutchinson (Hanratty 65), S Buckler, Poole, Hankin, Williams, McKechnie, Hewitt, Lowes, Smith. Subs not used: Clarke, Lucas.

Vacancy: Kit Man

Saturday 24 Oct 2020

We wish Lloyd Green all the best after accepting the post of Kit Managaer at Weymouth FC, but this does mean we are now looking for a suitable person to replace him. Perhaps someone who aspires to a higher level and wants to gain experience or perhaps someone who would like to be involved with this fantastic club just for the social life. What does this involve? HOME GAMES: Laying out kit - including warm up equipment etc. Check after games that all items have been returned to relevant boxes. Look after the substitute board during the game and substitute clothing/bibs etc. AWAY GAMES: You will be expected to travel to away games collecting all the relevant equipment from the club and be responsible for returning the kit after the game to the club. For both home and away games you would be responsible for match balls and warm up balls. The laundering of the kit is NOT your responsibility. If you need any more information David can be contacted on 01305 861291 or 7975931199