Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Christchurch v AFC Portchester 27/10/18

Christchurch 2 AFC Portchester 1

SOMETHING of a surprise result at Hurn Bridge, although the hosts thoroughly deserved it.
The visitors nearly took an early lead when Brandon Miller got on the end of a corner, but the ball flew wide of the mark. It was end to end in the early stages, and James King had a good effort parried by Ryan Young and a Max Wilcock header was fractionally off target. The Christchurch striker was a constant threat in the opening stages and tested Young with a fierce shot ten minutes in.
Dan Simmonds wasted a chance shooting from near the centre circle when other better options were readily available, and his persistent moaning throughout the game did little to endear him to many of the crowd. Christchurch took the lead on 20 minutes; a poor back pass saw Young fumble and Jack SATTERLEY was on hand to take it round the stranded keeper to nudge the ball home.
It was all square though on 37 minutes when Michel TURVEY fired home from wide, latching on to a ball over the defence and being able to resist a couple of challenges before scoring. The visitors threatened more as the half ended but couldn’t find a way through with Kieran Douglas winning most of the balls.
HT 1-1
The second half started as the first ended with Portchester spurning a good chance to go ahead.
As the hour mark passed, WILCOCK restored the lead for the hosts- the striker had time to bring the ball under control, turn and fire a superb volley into the net from some 22 yards.
Portchester’s Nikita Meglinski cleared a Ben Satterley effort off the line whilst at the other end, Douglas made a timely challenge to deny Simmonds who looked to be offside in the build-up. The Christchurch defence held firm as Portchester mounted attacks as time ran down, but to no avail and it ended with that home win.
FT 2-1