PORTSMOUTH have provided Dorchester Town with a timely boost ahead of Saturday’s clash with Histon by agreeing to extend Bradley Tarbuck’s loan.

The match against the Stutes was set to be Tarbuck’s last before returning to Fratton Park, but yesterday it was confirmed the 19-year-old would be staying for a second month.

Tarbuck, who made his league debut for the south coast side earlier this season, has been a big part of the Magpies’ revival under Mark Jermyn since arriving at the Avenue in January.

The youngster has played in Dorchester’s last six games, four of which they have won, and he is really enjoying the experience.

“I hadn’t been getting games at Pompey so the manager said I could go out on loan,” he said.

“Dorchester came in for me and I couldn’t say no as I’d be getting regular football.

“I’d heard it was a good club, and quite a big club, and I obviously wanted to try and help them move up the league.

“It has really helped and given me confidence, and the lads are a really good bunch.

“The level of football is a good one to play at and it’s not as easy as some people think it is.”

Tarbuck had his first taste of league football at Portsmouth last November, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 3-0 home win over Carlisle.

A lifelong Pompey fan, playing for the team he supports was a dream come true for the winger, and he is eager to become a regular in Andy Awford’s side.

“It had always been a dream of mine to play for the club and to run out at Fratton Park was amazing,” added Tarbuck, who first appeared for the League Two team in the Capital One Cup in 2012.

“I’m dying to get out there again.”