PORTLAND boss Dave Kiteley reckons it will be a "travesty" if his side fails to overcome Blandford United tomorrow to take their place in the Dorset Premier League Cup final (2.30pm).

"That's no disrespect to Blandford who are a good young side," said Kiteley.

"But after the way we have got there by knocking out the league's top two Westland and Holt United it would be a travesty if we were to go out in a semi-final at Blandford," he added.

"We have already beaten them twice in the league so the whole of Dorset has us down as bankers to go through. But that means Blandford will be playing without fear and that makes them dangerous opponents.

"We beat them 5-0 at their place last October although it was 0-0 until just before half-time. A few weeks ago at Grove Corner we actually went one down before winning 3-1 so we have to be careful.

"I'm not taking anything for granted after what happened to us at Bournemouth Sports. They were bottom of the league when we went there and we found ourselves four down after 20 minutes, so we know anything can happen if you don't stay focused."

Kiteley's men were without a fixture last weekend, so the Blues boss had them in for a two-hour training session on Saturday and then arranged a mid-week friendly against Dorset Senior League Chickerell United that proved to be "just the ticket".

"They might be from the league below but if they were in the Premier League I believe they would be on a par with Blandford so they were ideal opposition to play against," he added.

"We won in the end but if we start tomorrow like we did on Tuesday we could have problems. I don't know whether we had got ourselves into a friendly mind-set but we were very poor most of the first half.

"Fortunately we improved in the second, scored twice and should have had a few more. But we got some good things out of it and it should have put us in the right frame of mind to tackle Blandford."

Tomorrow's semi-final has come too soon for Dave Newland who was injured at Holt a few weeks ago and Kiteley has a doubt over Lloyd Cranny.

"We did not play him in the friendly against Chickerell because of a slightly bruised heel and we will just have to wait and see how he is tomorrow, "said Kiteley.

Blues: Gadsby Cranny, Thoday, Perkins, Ansty, Dailey, Litherland, Mutch, Lamb, Doidge, Middleton, White, Whyton, Linaker, Braund, Halloran.