PORTLAND United Reserves suffered their second successive defeat for the first time in the Dorset Premier League as leaders and current champions Hamworthy Recreation took home all three points from the Weyline Stadium.

Hamworthy went in front just over a minute into the game as Ross Jones was beaten at his near post following Jordan Basing’s header which appeared to take a deflection off Che Curran.

The hosts levelled as a defender inadvertently put the ball past his own keeper under pressure but Rec went back ahead in the seventh minute as a George Webb free-kick deflected off the wall and into the net.

Portland rallied and scored arguably the goal of the game as a slick passing move ended with Sol Roche finding Josh Camp in space who coolly made no mistake.

However, it was the visitors who took the lead into the break as Bradley Hill’s free-kick again took another big deflection off the home wall and ended up in the net once again.

After the break it was Hamworthy who started the quickest when in the 48th minute Portland would concede another goal from a set piece, this time a free-kick was given on the edge of the box and with the home side waiting for a referee’s whistle George Webb played the ball into the net.

The home side felt more aggrieved moments later as Ross Boatswain appeared to be fouled in midfield with Sam Carter putting away the resulting through ball.

Carter then grabbed his second of the game and Hamworthy’s sixth on the hour mark.

Portland rallied and were soon rewarded with their third of the game as Louis Hankin’s cross found its way to Billy Mitchell who scored a rare headed goal.

Portland also found a fourth as Sol Roche fed brother Emanuel Roche to score his first goal for the club but the Blues could not find another goal as they lost 6-4.

Looking back at the game, Portland United Reserves manager Justin Faulker said: “I have got mixed emotions about the game, every once in a while you get these crazy games.

“I am disappointed that we have given away some pretty sloppy goals and the wall has not done its job but at the same time I am happy that we have not thrown the towel in and did not know when we have been beaten.

“When we got it back to 6-4 there was a bit of panic setting in and we started making some good chances but we did not make the most of them.”

Portland United Reserves: Jones, Will, Curran, Anstey, Gould (E Roche 65), Mitchell, Boatswain, S Roche, Zima (Tennant 75), Camp (Zima 70).


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