OCTOBER presents the chance for Portland United to increase their points tally, boss Franklyn Clarke insists.

Clarke leads the Blues against Alton at the Camp & Satherley Stadium tomorrow (3pm) as the islanders bid to inch up the Wessex League Premier Division table.

Portland, currently in 16th, host seventh-placed Alton, second-from-bottom Christchurch and Bournemouth Poppies this month, plus a rearranged trip to Cowes Sports.

Clarke told Echosport: “There are some fixtures coming up that we’re looking to take points from.

“Where we’re at we need to pick our games where we want all three points and be sensible about it.

“We definitely want to be picking up some points starting (tomorrow).”

On Alton, he added: “I’ve done a little bit of research into them and obviously this week against Brock they got beaten 6-0 – a tough game for them.”

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Portland delivered a strenuous training session on Tuesday and staged a lighter session yesterday, backing up extra time on the practice field on Saturday caused by the Cowes postponement.

And Clarke wants a repeat performance of the win against Amesbury and the first-half against Brockenhurst.

He said: “What I’m looking to see is the same application we put in against Amesbury and Brock.

“Although we lost 4-0 the performance against Brock, especially for 55 minutes, was brilliant.

“I feel we’re getting into a rhythm in terms of consistency and performances a little bit.

“It’s only been two games that we’ve shown it. I’m sure if we do what we’ve done that last two games well be all right.”

Portland have a fully-fit squad to pick from.

Elsewhere, Portland United have been drawn at home to Verwood Town in the Dorset Senior Cup quarter-finals.

Weymouth and Dorchester have elected not to submit teams.

The quarter-final tie will be played on Tuesday, December 7.