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Portland United Res 4 Shaftesbury Town Res 0

Saturday 12th September 2020

Portland United Reserves brushed off last weeks Dorset Premier League opening day defeat emphatically as they disposed of Shaftesbury Town Reserves at The Camp & Satherley Stadium sponsored by Weyline.

The Blues could have gone ahead on 5 minutes as Josh Camps free kick smashed against the front of the crossbar after Tom Garbutt was felled on the edge of the visitors penalty box.

The breakthrough came on 24 minutes as Garbutt collected the ball from Billy Mitchell before unleashing a rasping drive high in to the net despite the best interests of the away stopper.

Just before half time Lance Wilson was the next player to test the woodwork as his long range effort came back out off the frame of the goal, The blues taking a 1 goal lead in to half time.

After the break Portland regained the upper hand and on 55 minutes inevitably scored their second when Josh Camp fired in Billy Mitchells low cross. Almost immediately The Blues added their 3rd as centre back Louie James finished well following a goal mouth scramble from a Portland corner.

Portland completed the scoring on 70 minutess with Manny Roche scoring with a fierce drive which went in off the crossbar.

After the game Portland United Reserves manager Justin Faulkner commented "That was a world away from what I watched last week, we started on the front foot from the 1st whistle, we had energy and a sense of determination which had been missing. In training we worked on our defensive shape, we identified the weaker aspects of our game and the players put that in to practice superbly well today. I honestly could not pick anyone out as man of the match as everyone was on a par."

"That finally gets us up and running this season, we will enjoy this for a couple of days before we focus on our next game and start preparing in training for next week. What the players have done today is set the benchmark for the performances we expect. This is the type of performances we were seeing in pre season and goes to prove that the Blandford game was a one off."

Team Lineup & Stats

No Player Yellow Cards Red Cards Assists Goals
1 Hadley, Josh 0 0 0 0
2 Diaz, Adam 0 0 0 0
3 Riley, Dylan 0 0 0 0
4 James, Louie 0 0 0 1
5 Hankin, Louis 0 0 0 0
6 Garbutt, Tomus 0 0 0 1
7 Mitchell, Billy 0 0 3 0
8 Wilson, Lance 0 0 0 0
9 Roche, Sol 0 0 0 0
10 Roche, Manny 0 0 0 1
11 Camp, Josh 0 0 0 1
12 Butcher, Tom 0 0 0 0
15 Pettitt, Ross 0 0 0 0
Unused Substitutes
14 Carter, George 0 0 0 0