Portishead Town sink Wells City rivals to pick up vital points in battle for survival

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 March 2019

Action from Portishead Town's match with Wells City (pic Portishead Camera Club)

Action from Portishead Town's match with Wells City (pic Portishead Camera Club)

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Portishead Town produced a fine 2-1 win over Wells City to boost their hopes of climbing away from the foot of the Toolstation Western League Division One table.

The Possets were on the back foot for the first 15 minutes, with Wells having a couple of early chances.

And the visitors opened the scoring on 25 minutes when a free-kick was set to the far post and headed back across goal for their striker to beat Dan McGreavey.

Alex O’Keefe broke through the Wells defence a few minutes later to go through on goal, but the keeper saved well from the young winger.

The chance seemed to spark Portishead into life, though, and they were awarded a free-kick on 35 minutes after a foul on Jasper Harrington.

The ball was whipped into the box by Harrington and misjudged by the keeper, with the ball going in off the underside of the crossbar for the equaliser.

Minutes later another strong run by Harrington led to a melee, with the home player on the receiving end of a bad tackle, but subsequently shown a straight red card after colliding with a Wells defender.

The visiting player received a yellow card, which only served to fire up 10-man Portishead for the second half and Alex Fox, Robbie Cox and Alex Chapman led the challenge, testing the midfield and back four of Wells.

McGreavey had to be replaced in goal after dislocating a finger while making a save, with George Gillingham stepping in and looking assured.

A driving run from Fox and nice one-touch play from Cox, Chapman and O’Keefe led to Fox firing in a 30-yard shot which found the net via a post.

And Portishead continued to pose problems during the second half, with other chances to extend their advantage not taken.

The home side held on for their seventh league win in 27 outings, which moved them four points clear of bottom club Bristol Telephones after one of the Wells players was also shown a red card following the final whistle.

And Fox was named as the Hughest Carpentry man of the match for 19th-placed Portishead, who are due to visit Bishops Lydeard, who are currently four points above them in 15th having played two games more, on Saturday.

They are then set to play host to Chard Town on Tuesday evening (7.30pm).

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