PORTLAND United must “earn their points”, according to boss Franklyn Clarke.

Away to Horndean in Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division action tomorrow (3pm), the Blues face one of the league’s hardest games.

Horndean currently sit third, but Portland will be encouraged by strong displays against Amesbury, Hamworthy and Tadley as a youthful side begins to gel.

Speaking to Echosport, Clarke said: “It’s another tough one, I remember going there as a player and it’s always known as a tough place to go.

“You’re never going to go there and have an easy ride, pick up easy points.

“The lads will have to earn their points. If we put in the same sort of performance as we did against Hamworthy and Tadley then you never know.

“We’re aware of the challenge, all we can do is give it our best.”

Striker Joel Hewitt and defender Alfie Toland (both ankle) are doubtful.