PORTLAND United manager Simon Browne is hoping to end a run of five draws when the Blues entertain Bashley in Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division action at Grove Corner tomorrow (3pm).

Browne’s men are unbeaten since a 1-0 defeat at Hamworthy United in mid-November, but have gone six games without winning – their last three points coming in a 3-2 victory at Blackfield & Langley on Saturday, November 4.

But the Blues have been dealt a blow in the run-up to kick-off with the news that Jamie Beasley is expected to join Hamworthy United after the Hammers put in a seven-day approach for the winger.

Speaking to Echosport, Browne said: “Jamie’s indicated that he’s going to take up their offer. It’s another player that they’ve taken from us this season, which is starting to get a little bit wearing if I’m honest.

“I’m hoping that I can concentrate on the squad I’ve got, but that’s football, these things happen. Jamie was made a good financial offer and they are above us in the league.

“It’s another club that Jamie can tick off on his ‘I’ve played for’ list. He would be best off if he puts his roots down, but he’s decided he’s going to play his football elsewhere, so we’ll move on.”

Commenting on the Bashley game, Browne believes the club’s run of draws is a “glass half-full scenario”.

He said: “It’s a weekend where there’s not a lot of football going on, so we’ll hope for a decent turnout. Maybe that will spur us on to end this run of draws.

“It’s a glass half-full scenario as we’re unbeaten in five games.”

Alex Halloran is unavailable, while the Blues are awaiting confirmation for the length and start date of Sam Buckler’s suspension for his red card against Bemerton last weekend.