Portishead pipped by 10-man Warminster

PUBLISHED: 10:13 16 December 2019

Action from Portishead Town's clash at Warminster Town (pic George Gillingham)

Action from Portishead Town's clash at Warminster Town (pic George Gillingham)

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Portishead Town suffered more late heartbreak in Toolstation Western League Division One at Warminster Town on Saturday.

Posset came out of the blocks after beating Lebeq in their previous outing and could have been three goals up inside a quarter of an hour.

Only four minutes had been played when Alex O'Keeffe found Mitch Osmond and his clever flick set Alex Chapman free, but his shot rolled into the side netting.

The visitors countered with pace six minutes later to set Jack Sell free, but after leaving two defenders for dust, his shot from the edge of the box was narrowly over.

Two minutes later, Sell was at it again with a trademark swerving run after being played through by George Parsons, but he frustratingly dragged his shot wide.

Portishead kept the pressure on, though, and had shouts for a penalty when Osmond went down in the box, which were waved away.

The impressive first-half display was finally rewarded Parsons produced a 40-yard pass into the path of Callum Eastwood, whose deflected shot looped over the home keeper.

Warminster seemed to wake up in the second half and Ebon Mort Taylor had a great chance to level on 53 minutes, when a long ball from keeper Carl Crabtree wasn't dealt with.

Taylor ran through on goal, but shot wide of the left post in a let-off for Posset.

Joe Lott's crucial clearance denied Francois Allan's ball from the left, while George Shanks-Boon raced off his line to deny a Warminster forward on 74 mnutes.

But Alex Churchyard was sent off for a second booking on 87 minutes, only for the 10 men of Warminster to level when Ian Jeffrey converted from the spot, after Harry Barnes went down under Ollie Carter's challenge.

Then, in stoppage time, Warminster played a long ball into the box and Parsons, in trying to help it over, saw it beat Shanks-Boon to gift the home side all three points.

Portishead will be hoping to bounce back when they are due to take on Hengrove Athletic on Wednesday.

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