Portishead crushed in 10 minute spell

PUBLISHED: 14:53 07 November 2012




Portishead let in four goals in a 10 minute spell, eventually losing 4-0 away at Chard.

Chard Town 4

Portishead Town 0

PORTISHEAD Town made the trip to third-placed Chard without a number of key players, leaving manager David Pettitt to make his first appearance of the season in defence alongside Hatfield and O’Reilly.

Kicking up the slope in the first-half, the away side started brightly with Mapstone and Clarke linking up well to forge a couple of early opportunities.

On 20 minutes, the visitors suffered a set back as Pettitt was forced off after a clash of heads, leaving Town to have to shuffle things round once again.

The game was ultimately decided in a 10 minute spell before half-time. On 35 minutes Chard won the ball in midfield and, despite looking like handling in the build up, the home player drove the ball home from the edge of the box for the opener.

A mere 60 seconds later it was 2-0, Chard seizing on a loose pass in midfield to sweep forward and strike again.

Shell shocked Portishead barely had time to draw breath before they were picking the ball out of their net for a third time, this occasion the Chard striker broke the offside trap to finish easily past an exposed Bawn.

As the away side’s play became ragged, the fourth goal in 10 minutes arrived on the stroke of half-time. A deep cross looked harmless, but the attacking player managed to send a looping header back over Bawn and into the far corner for 4-0.

With the game seemingly out of sight, the visitors set about finding a way back into the game going down the slope. Substitute Simon Kelly burst through but was denied by the home keeper, before sending another effort flashing past the post.

At the other end, Chard almost added to their lead but for alert defending by Hatfield and Brice and the final quarter of the game passed with the hosts comfortably in front and the visitors’ rueing a disastrous 10 minute spell.

Portishead travel to second-placed Shepton Mallet on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

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