Reserves thump Cleeve
PTFC 2's continue winning start.
After a weeks break, following the folding of Easton-in-Gordano, Posset were looking to build on their 100% start with the short trip to a rain-sodden Cleeve...
Both teams were missing players due to holiday commitments but Portishead showed this seasons strength in depth as they were able to call in Margerison, Si Kelly and Kieren Benn into the starting line up and bolstered the bench with the experienced Joseph Lott.
Portishead dominated the opening stages, having much of the ball and creating various half chances. However on 10 minutes a lofted pass from the Cleeve centre half was misjudged by Margerison and the centre forward was clear on goal. Margerison's pace got him back into position but as the attacker set himself to round keeper Boon his ankles were clipped. Much to Possets relief it was only a yellow card and a free-kick on the edge of the box. There was less relief though when the free-kick was duly bent into the top corner, the first goal Portishead had conceded this season...
It looked like it could've been 'one of those games' as Cleeve were sticking numbers behind the ball. Thankfully it only took a few minutes for the equaliser. A high corner from the right by Walker was nodded back across goal for skipper Clarke to head home.
Now Portishead started to play with more freedom. Osgood and Kelly were linking well up top and the impressive Walker was heavily involved. It wasn't long before they took the lead, a fine one-touch passing move saw Osgood through on goal. He made no mistake to add to his tally.
More chances went begging with the pacy Dunn causing problems on either wing and the third came before half-time when an Osgood shot was well saved by the keeper but Walker was on hand to smash home at the back post. It could've been 4 soon after when the ball somehow stayed out of the Cleeve net during a goalmouth scramble which saw several shots blocked on the line.
So 3-1 at the break and the message was clear from newly promoted manager Steadman, more goals required!
It was however a sluggish start from the visitors and it took some superb challenges from centre back O'Reilly to keep the lead in tact. Normal service was resumed though when a reverse pass in the box was controlled by the busy Ewing, a clever turn created space for himself to dispatch the ball into the top corner with his left foot. A fine goal even if he did say so himself!
Shortly after Luke Osgood was again released on goal, his effort was well saved by the keeper but the 'fox in the box' Walker was again in the right place at the right time to stroke the ball home. 1-5.
There was a slight scare at the other end as the rusty Margerison somehow managed to chest the ball through his own legs to set the Cleeve attacker away, he left Boon stranded with a goal-bound chip but cometh the hour cometh 16 year-old Scottish right-back Hamish! An incredible goal-line clearance with his head left him caped in mud. Hero.
There was still time for one more goal from Portishead...following several crosses from the right finally one found its destination. Kelly timed his run into the box well to meet Walkers delivery and open his account after his well documented return from the Cali.
Another impressive display from a side clearly determined to gain promotion and silverware for the club this season.
Next Saturday sees Castle Castle visit Bristol Rd in the league cup...
MOM - Dave O'Reilly