Football: Portishead Town cheesed off by late defeat

PUBLISHED: 15:00 28 November 2019

Portishead Town face the camera

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Portishead Town slipped to another late loss in Toolstation Western League Division One against Cheddar on Saturday.

The game began slowly as both sides tried to find their feet on a difficult Bristol Road surface.

Cheddar's Ricky Bennett dangerously whipped a couple of free-kicks into the home box, but Alex O'Keefe and George Shanks-Boon cleared for the hosts.

Portishead's Louie Elliot showed his pace on the right to cross for Dawid Rybak, but his effort was calmly saved by debutant Tom Creed.

The lively Jack Sell then had chances towards the end of the first half, playing a one-two with Mitch Osmond and firing wide from the first.

A 30-yard effort, when Ollie Carter's cross came to him, was saved by Creed on 39 minutes, before Sell sent Elliot through, only for the offside flag to go up.

Cheddar made a bright start to the second half as Chris Coombs found space on the right and fired past Shanks-Boon, but Carter cleared off the line.

But Callum Eastwood was brought on by the home side on 56 minutes and was inches away on the hour.

Another Elliot cross found him at the far post and his curling effort forced a fine fingertip save from Creed.

The Cheesemen went even closer eight minutes later when Coombs sent in a deep cross from the right to find Adam Jones, whose volley hit a post.

The visitors then saw Lewis Hembery cross for Robbi Maggs, whose point-blank header was superbly saved by Shanks-Boon.

But just when it looked like the match would end goalless, Cheddar snatched all three points in the final minute as substitute Aaron Hooper fired in a low cross from the left and Jones tapped in from close range.

Having conceded late on for the second week in a row, Portishead were left down in 16th place at the weekend and hoping to put things right at Radstock Town on Tuesday.

They are due to visit Bishops Lydeard on Saturday and travel to Oldland Abbotonians next Wednesday (December 4, 7.45pm), before returning to host Lebeq United three days later.

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