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FOOTBALL: Islanders out of luck against Sherborne
7:00pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
PORTLAND TOWN 0 SHERBORNE TOWN 3
PORTLAND Town’s run of bad luck in Dorset League Division One continued against table-toppers Sherborne.
Sherborne thought they had come to the seaside for a nice day out but knew they had been in a battle after 90 minutes.
Town had the better of the first half and should have taken the lead in the 35th minute.
Edd Barber played the ball forward to Charlie Fox, who in turn found Archie Mar-kwell, but his well-struck effort sailed wide. Town managed to snuff out any Sherborne att-ack with the visitors’ management team spending the entire interval trying to come up with ideas of how to try and break down the home rearguard.
The home side were dealt a harsh blow five minutes into the second half when the referee gave a contentious penalty against a shocked Floyd Musson.
There appeared to be no contact as the attacker fell but Sherborne made the most of it and took the lead from the spot.
They then doubled their advantage against the run of play 10 minutes later and Town were on the end of another harsh decision with just over a quarter of the clash to go.
Brendan McNulty got in a tangle with the Sherborne right-back as they battled for the ball, but the referee gave McNulty a straight red card leaving the Town left-back holding his head in disbelief.
Although down to 10 men, Town continued to create chances with Markwell and man-of-the-match JJ Ogilvie, pictured, both going close.
Sherborne scored a third with two minutes remaining as Matty Peart made a great save only for the ball to rebound off Jake Dalton, and he was helpless to stop it hitting the back of the net.
Town played superbly and with more performances like this one a first league win should be just around the corner.
Ricol Leisure Man of the Match: JJ Ogilvie