Portishead Town FC gained an important 3 points in a 1-0 win against Radstock Town, a result that leaves them only 2 points behind the league leaders with four games in hand.

The game’s one goal came 17 minutes into the game, when a loose hand from a Radstock defender knocked the ball in penalty area, leaving referee Dylan Bayliss no choice but to award a penalty.

Number 10 Kyle Egan stepped up to the spot and although he was initially stopped by a good save, he calmly placed the rebound past the Radstock keeper to put Portishead 1-0 up.

After the goal the game became much more even, with the two sides taking turns to push their way up the pitch but with neither team being able to produce anything clear cut.

However, Portishead would have been walking away from the game with two points less had it not been for the heroics of Ben West in goal.

West made a couple of high quality, close range saves that looked to be guaranteed goals, as well as a miraculous dive to his top right-hand corner to deny Radstock a freekick equaliser in the 74th minute.

Despite the close score line Portishead were the stronger side, Egan and Callum Eastwood put in excellent performances in midfield, breaking up Radstock’s play and then pushing their team up the pitch with passes or driving runs.

Centre back partnership Toby Lawrence and Elliot Ripley also deserve credit for their performances.

Both players were dominant in the air, and their calmness and quality on the ball gave the rest of their squad confidence to play the without fear of repercussion, despite the slim one goal lead.

Portishead now look to Tuesday where they will want to continue their winning run against seventh place Brislington.

A win will close the gap on league leaders Wincanton Town and would leave Portishead Town in pole position to lift the league trophy at the end of the season.