Portishead pipped at Warminster
PUBLISHED: 12:45 12 September 2012
Portishead lost 3-2 at Warminster, despite taking a two-goal lead.
Warminster Town 3
Portishead Town 2
PORTISHEAD made the trip to Warminster without the centre-half pairing of George Parsons and Sam Charman, so a debut was handed to recent signing Zac Andrews, with Ollie Hatfield stepping in to partner the new boy at the back.
The opening goal arrived midway through the half, the excellent Ben Davis winning the ball on the halfway line before continuing his run and exchanging passes with James Clarke.
A perfect through ball by Clarke left Davis one-on-one with the home keeper and the full-back kept his head to finish smartly into the bottom corner.
The lively Playford was causing the home defence all sorts of problems and just minutes later, no-one was on hand to get on the end of a delicious cross by the young winger.
Andrews then sent a header just wide, but when the second goal arrived it came from the other wing as Mapstone toyed with the Warminster full-back before delivering for Sam Trueman to head into the net for his second goal in as many games.
Having put themselves in a glorious position, Portishead proceeded to gift the home side a way back into the game two minutes into the second period.
Hatfield got caught as he tried to play out from the back and despite a fine goal line clearance from debutant Andrews, the rebound fell back into the path of the home striker who made no mistake.
Things went from bad to worse for the away team as just minutes later the game was all square. A swift passing move cut through the Portishead midfield and defence and a deep cross was buried at the far post giving Bawn no chance.
The momentum was now all with Warminster, but it was Portishead who had a great chance to regain the lead. Mapstone’s driven corner was met by the free head of Clarke, but the home custodian managed to push the effort onto the bar and post before Playfords rasping follow up was blocked on the line.
With five minutes remaining, a long ball bounced awkwardly for Andrews and as the big defender and forward challenged for the loose ball, the striker tumbled in the box and the referee gave a penalty.
The spot kick was duly dispatched and although late Portishead pressure pushed the home team back for the final minutes, there was no reprieve for the visitors.
Portishead now face their third long away trip in a row on Saturday with a trip to Devizes Town.
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