PORTLAND United have received £1,400 of National Lottery cash from Sport England’s Flood Relief Fund to help repair damage caused by storms earlier this year.

A portable goal used for training was thrown from its secure position by violent winds and ended up lodged in a tree.

The Blues, whose first team are currently challenging for the Dorset Premier League title, are using their funding to purchase a brand new goal, much to the delight of president Dave Camp.

Storms and flooding had a devastating impact on homes, businesses and infrastructure across the country in the early part of 2014, while the weather also took its toll on many sporting facilities.

In February, Sport England launched the £5million Flood Relief Fund in a bid to help clean up and repair sports pitches and facilities to get them back up and running.

Jennie Price, chief executive of Sport England, said: “The storms and floods devastated many sports facilities across England.

“We want to play our part in helping communities to get back to normal, and we are delighted to be able to get this emergency funding to Portland United to help get its training facilities up and running as soon as possible.”