Portishead Town B 4 - 5 Uphill Castle
Heart break for Portishead in 9 goal thriller
Portishead started strongly with something to prove to themselves after the 3 nil defeat the week before. The deadlock was broken early on in the first half by Portishead, a great bit of play saw a chance fall for Rob Latham, who's well hit shot deflected off the post in to the path of Z Sheppard who hit a bullet shot straight past the keeper in to the bottom corner to make it 1-0 to Portishead.
Portishead continued to press Uphill Castles defence, testing the keeper as much as possible. The second goal came not long after the first with a great tackle in the middle of the park from James Reddrop which spark a chance with Z Sheppard putting a great through ball to Ryan Benn who slotted in past the keeper.
After starting well Portishead seem to fall asleep being 2 nil up and conceded an goal which appeared to be a blatant offside by linesman Johnny Checketts refusing to raise the flag to make it 2-1 which gave a boost to Uphill Castle, who not long after scored an equaliser to make the score 2-2 which seem to make all Portishead's hard work at the start of this game go to waste and it was game on.
The game went from bad to worse for Portishead when the Uphill Castle winger received the ball on the left and wasn't closed down quick enough, and with a great individual effort saw a superb strike fly past Scott Pratt in to Portishead’s goal to make the score 3-2 mid-way through the first half.
Finding themselves trailing by a goal Portishead needed to find their feet again. They were not trailing for long, when a pass from Z Sheppard to Ryan Benn in to the corner with a man to beat pushed it past the defender and tried his luck with a curling shoot which found its way over the keepers head and in to the top corner of Uphill Castles net to make it 3-3. This was turning in to a great game of football.
With Half Time approaching and the teams both tied, Portishead felt there was still more to come in this first half with 6 goals already being scored. With both teams pushing to put themselves back in to the lead before half time, Portishead found a break through. Ryan Benn making a run down the line pulled it back and with a pin point cross found Rob Latham's head and with a superb header saw Portishead go in to the break with a 4-3 lead.
At half time The Skipper Ben Chappel was forced off with an ankle injury and looks to be out of action for some time. He was released by Leon Kitchen with a straight swap in centre midfield.
The score the stayed the same for a while in the second half with Tom Gibbs and Gary Hewitt controlling the back line well winning crucial headers. A sub was also needed to change the game up a little bit with Chris Weekes making way for Johnny Checketts.
With Both teams still battling for the game with great bits of play seen at both ends of the pitch there was still more to come from this exciting game.
With 20 minutes to go before full time and Portishead still leading the game Uphill Castle needed a goal. With Portishead looking tired and on the break of play Uphill Castle saw them get their second equaliser of the game to make it 4-4.
In a hard fought game from Portishead and tiredness sinking in another change was needed with Z Sheppard who ran his socks off all game was forced off with injury and was replaced by young winger Alex Phillipou.
The full time whistle was fast approaching but with no lack of effort being dropped from either side and with the game still needing a winner. Portishead Town B's and Uphill Castle still throwing everything in the final stages off this match with chances from both sides flying past the post with no glory the game looked certain to end a draw.
Only a few minutes left of the second half the worst happened for Portishead, with Uphill Castle breaking through Portishead's defence and a cross finished off at the back post by an unmarked player saw the winning goal fall to them with Portishead being absolutely gutted there was no way back for the home team with the score ending Portishead Town B's 4 Uphill Castle 5.
After hard fought game there was only one thing left to do for Portishead a big can club was in order and once again for the second week in a row was a huge success.
Rob Latham who played brilliant throughout the 90 minutes was voted a well deserve Man Of The Match.
Manager Ian Williams said after the game "Disappointed with the result but pleased with the way we played after not getting started last week. The wins will come"