PORTLAND United manager Franklyn Clarke has “faith” in his young Blues side ahead of their postponed Wessex League Premier Division clash at Cowes Sports tomorrow (3pm).

Since the original fixture was delayed, Portland have taken four points from three games – the latter a late loss to Bashley on Tuesday.

Portland now sit 17th after that run but could close to within a point of 11th-placed Sports with victory on the Isle of Wight.

And Clarke retain full belief his improving side can trouble the Yachtsmen, who beat the Blues 8-1 last season.

He told Echosport: “We’re confident. The last three or four performances have been really good.

“We’ll go there and the same at Cowes, hopefully learn from Tuesday night’s downfalls in how we conceded the goals.

“As long as we learn from the likes of last night, we’ve got a chance everywhere we go. It’s small steps in the right direction.

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“Cowes are a good side and had a few good wins. It’s always tough going there but with the energy and quality we have we’re a good side.

“If we go there and we do all of those things, we’ve got a chance.

“I enjoy (the journey), I’m not wary of it. It’s good team bonding for the lads and it’s not bad trip.”

Portland have a fully fit squad to choose from.