PORTLAND United boss Franklyn Clarke is relishing the return to football after lockdown with the Blues set to visit Bournemouth Poppies tomorrow (3pm).

Portland were among the few clubs to play on the eve of the second national lockdown and return to the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division in 19th place.

Clarke has used the enforced break to forge plans for the islanders’ style of play, while also signing striker Lewis Clarke from Bridport.

And the Blues will be playing in front of a crowd after revised government guidelines paved the way for spectators to return.

Clarke told Echosport: “Every game’s massive. We want to get up the table as quick as we can.

“That starts with Poppies and it’s nice to play in front of the fans again.

“Like everyone says, without the fans it’s not the same at all. I’m buzzing to be back. We’ll go there looking to pick up some points.”

While form has gone out of the window, Clarke is well-prepared for the restart.

“I’ve got an idea of the team and how we’re going to start and formations,” he revealed.

“I like to wait and see what the lads are like and then make my final decision in terms of selection. Everyone’s just buzzing to get back.”