PORTLAND United boss Gary Bailey has had a dream start to the Dorset Premier League season, but insists it could all come undone if his side slip up away at Hamworthy United Reserves tomorrow (3pm).
The island club enjoyed a comfortable win over Weymouth Res-erves, last season’s league runners-up on Tuesday, but after such a priceless result, Bailey has warned his players against taking their eye off the ball.
“No disrespect to Hamworthy but these are places we need to go to win,” he told Echosport.
“We got some good results last season and then let ourselves down the game after a couple of times last year, so I am conscious to make sure we back up good results with strong performances in the following games.
“Away form is so important, we are generally very solid at home and teams want to take a scalp on their own patch against us, so it’s important we get off to a good start away from home.”
Charlie Holland looks set to miss out after he picked up a hip injury in Tuesday night’s encoun-ter, Brandon Heal and Ross Carmichael are also unavailable.
Commenting on the Hammers, Bailey added: “It’s another reserve side so you never know what you are going to get with them.
“It’s important that we go up there fully prepared and we don’t take the gloss off what has been a good start to the season.”
Elsewhere, Weymouth Reser-ves will be looking to bounce back following their defeat to the Blues in midweek, as they entertain Shaftesbury Town at the Bob Lucas Stadium tomorrow (3pm).
Manager Jake Richmond is keen to ensure his side up their performance levels, and more importantly, get back to basics.
“I’m not bothered about a reaction,” he said.
“I just want us to play better, compete, and get back to basics because basics are what lost us the game against Portland.
“If we do the basics better we will be alright, we didn’t play a lot of football against Portland on Tuesday and we got dragged into things we shouldn’t have done.
“I pride myself on detail and organisation and we were very poor at that on Tuesday.
“I felt the lads let me down a little bit, and let themselves down.”
Bridport Reserves are also in action as they travel to Mer- ley Cobham Sports tomorrow (3pm)