PORTLAND United boss Franklyn Clarke wants a reaction to the 8-1 defeat at Cowes Sports when Hamworthy United visit the Camp & Satherley Stadium tonight (7.30pm).

Clarke played in the loss on the Isle of Wight as Portland conceded eight goals for a third time this season.

It came after Portland beat Amesbury 1-0 in Clarke and assistant boss Sam Poole’s first game in charge.

However, unbeaten Hamworthy United present a different proposition to Cowes, who before Saturday had not taken a point.

The Hammers have won six of seven games in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division and Clarke warned of the scale of the task ahead for his young Blues.

He told Echosport: “Any game in this league is going to be a tough game.

“Hamworthy haven’t lost a game this season, so of course it’s a tough one but the message to the boys will be ‘a reaction is needed’ from (Cowes).

“We’ll give it a good go and see where it takes us.

“There’s got to be a reaction and I think they feel the same. I’ve been in teams myself where you’ve been on the end of heavy defeats.

“You just can’t wait for your next game just to try and put it right.

“Hamworthy is tough but just like everyone else we come up against this season we’ll give it a good go.”

Portland have a clean bill of health following Saturday’s encounter.

The Blues currently sit in 17th position after eight games.