Football: Portishead Town pick up valuable points in survival bid

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 March 2019

James Steele attacks for Portishead Town against Chippenham Park (pic Daisy/Portishead Camera Club)

James Steele attacks for Portishead Town against Chippenham Park (pic Daisy/Portishead Camera Club)

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Portishead Town claimed another vital three points in their battle for survival in Toolstation Western League Division One with a 3-0 home win over Chippenham Park.

Buoyed by their success against relegation rivals Radstock a week earlier, they weathered some early pressure from the visitors before making the breakthrough on 15 minutes.

A long ball over the top of the Chippenham defence allowed James Steele to outpace his man and slide the ball under the keeper for the opening goal, with Posset going on to create more openings.

The midfield of Robbie Cox, Oliver Henery and Jack Haire dominated proceedings and the hosts doubled their lead when another ball over the top caused panic in the Park defence and Steele smashed home his second, via the crossbar, from an acute angle.

The visitors rarely threatened, but had a good chance to hit back when their striker broke clear on a one-on-one, only to be denied by the advancing George Gillingham.

The second half was much the same as the first, with the Posset defence of Joseph Lott, Hamish Hurst, Alex Fox and Sam Trueman largely untroubled.

And Portishead went 3-0 up on the hour when the ball fell to Haire on the edge of the box and he fired into the bottom left corner of thenet.

Alex O’Keefe and Alex Chapman squandered other chances to add to the tally, but Alan Tyers saw his men manage the rest of the game well.

A second successive win leaves Portishead in 17th place on 30 points, three clear of Radstock and four above Chippenham, with a game in hand on both.

Steele took the Hughes Carpentry man of the match award for Portishead, who visit Corsham on Wednesday (7.45pm) and then travel to title hopefuls Keynsham on Saturday (3pm).

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