Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Portland United v Shaftesbury 05/02/19

Portland United 1 Shaftesbury 2

THEY say league position and form counts for nothing in derbies, and it proved the case once again tonight as struggling Shaftesbury turned over their promotion chasing Dorset rivals on a horrible night on the rock. The fog at kick off was so thick there were doubts the game would even start, and maybe conditions played a part in the opener as Ben WOOD’s shot from range found its way onto the corner. The Blues keeper got a hand to it but seemed to see it late. Portland hit the post before levelling up after half an hour. The visiting keeper did brilliantly to save a point blank header on the line, but he couldn’t recover to stop Alex GODFREY firing home the rebound. But the visitors didn’t fold, and WOOD got his second just before the break, latching onto a through ball and showing composure to roll the ball into the far corner from the corner of the box. HT 1-2

By the second half the fog had lifted and been replaced by driving rain and heavy wind. Shaftesbury struggled to get out of their half but they defended resolutely, and despite seeing plenty of the ball Portland struggled to find an opening- and failed to really trouble the visiting keeper with anything more than some hopeful punts into the box. A disappointing evening for United who miss the chance to go back into second before their trip to champions elect Sholing on Saturday. Shaftesbury move up 3 places to 14th and open a 4 point gap on the bottom 3. FT 1-2 (James Spring)