DESPITE the boost of Lewis Whyton’s early own goal, Cowes Sports had no answer to Portland’s five goal reply that saw the Blues briefly back up in fourth spot in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division.
Cowes Sports 1 Portland United 5
Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division
The hosts took a fourth minute lead last Saturday when Whyton unfortunately turned the ball in his own net trying to stop Gareth Bricknell’s effort, but the lead was immediately cancelled out from the kick-off when Jamie Beasley found Darren Watts from Ed Bastick’s cross.
Watts scored again on 27 minutes to give Portland the lead when he gathered Chris Clarke’s throw-in and fired into the bottom corner on the turn, before Beasley caused more turbulence in the Yachtsmen’s defence before crossing for Ross Doidge to blast home before the half was out.
Alex Godfrey, having hit the bar soon after the interval, got Portland’s fourth on 55 minutes, converting Doidge’s headed pass from Alex Halloran’s corner. They went nap two minutes from the end when player-coach Carl Mutch headed home at the far post.
Manager Gary Bailey was pleased how his side reacted after going behind so early on: “It was a thoroughly professional performance.”
But Portland’s four-game winning burst came to an end with a 1-0 reverse at 3rd placed Sholing on Tuesday. They went close early on with an Alex Halloran effort that struck the woodwork. But the winner came from the Boatmen’s Barry Mason who netted with a fizzing drive from the edge of the area.
Portland are at home against title-chasing Moneyfields on Saturday – kick off at New Grove Corner is 3pm.