Portishead defeated in 11-goal thriller

PUBLISHED: 08:46 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:46 29 August 2018

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Portishead Town are still searching for their first points of the season after an exciting 11-goal encounter with Radstock Town.

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Portishead hosted Radstock in a bottom of the table clash, as both teams went searching for their first points of the season.

It was a nightmare start for Portishead as the away side took the lead within three minutes. Posset responded and the home side drew level on 20 minutes when a short free kick was worked well between O’Keefe and Hughes, with the away keeper spilling Hughes’ shot, allowing Abbott to tap in from two yards.

Portishead continued to press and deservedly took the lead around the half-hour mark, with a training ground move from a corner, resulting in the excellent Cox smashing into the top right corner from 25 yards.

Radstock drew level on the stroke of half-time, as a long ball forward caused confusion in the home side’s box, allowing the striker to curl a lob into the far top corner, over the stranded Gillingham.

After the break, Posset conceded twice in 10 minutes and Radstock had the chance to go 5-2 up when they were awarded a penalty after a foul by Charman, but Gillingham made a great save.

This gave the home side an extra boost that was needed and a few minutes later they were back to 4-3 after another well-worked Cox goal. The away side responded instantaneously with a second penalty to make it 5-3.

The game looked dead and buried with Radstocks sixth goal, but a late burst from Posset resulted in them being awarded a penalty after a burst forward by Hurst, Cox stroked home the penalty to complete his hat-trick.

Hurst again provided the home side with hope of salvaging a point, when he smashed home a 25-yard wonder strike. Portishead continued to push in hope of an equaliser and missed a few late half-chances.

The game fizzled out and finished 6-5 to the away side. Posset continue to look for their first points of the season, but take a long away trip to Newquay on Saturday to play Godolphin Athletic in the FA Vase.

Picture: Portishead Camera Club.

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