Fareham Town
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The Creeksiders

Fareham Town FC 2 - 3 Portland United

Away | 28 April 2018 | Attendance: 129
Wednesday evening saw the Creeksiders prevail over Portland at Cams, now it was our turn to make the 180 mile round trip to deepest Dorset, but with a threadbare squad and the toils of a heavy programme of matches in April taking their toll, perhaps it was no surprise that Town struggled and were defeated 3-2.

Chances were at a premium as neither side seemed capable of stringing more than 2 passes together.

On 30 minutes Town almost took the lead when a corner caused chaos in the home area and a header from a home defender was cleared off the line and from the rebound, Hardy shot from the edge of the box but the ball flew way over the bar.

Almost immediately, Portland went ahead went a cross from Read picked out Sharpe at the back post to tap in from close range.

Both sides continued to get into good areas before giving the ball away cheaply before The Creeksiders equalised right on half time when Silvester tapped the ball in from close range from a Jones corner kick.

HT Portland United 1 Fareham Town 1

Town started the brighter in the second half and Silvester almost had a strange goal when Hibbs in the home goal hit his clearance straight at Silvester’s back, it went back towards goal, but alas spun away from the net and back into the grateful arms of Hibbs.

On the hour mark Portland went ahead again with an identikit goal to their opener when Bearwish tapped the ball into the net at the far post.

On 72 minutes, Portland increased their lead to 3-1 when Bearwish finished off a neat move from just inside the area.

Harding then had to be alert to make an amazing point blank save pushing the ball over the bar from a corner.

The visiting Creeksiders grabbed a goal back on 88 minutes when Yokota was bundled over in the box, and Jones stepped up from the penalty spot to make the score 3-2 and Fareham have further penalty appeals almost immediately after a foul on Tattersall, but this time the cries fell on death ears.

FT Portland United 3 Fareham Town 2