Brockenhurst 4-0 Portland United: Badgers stifle Blues invincibility

PORTLAND United’s six-game unbeaten streak was abruptly cut short as Brockenhurst cruised to a 4-0 win over their Wessex League Premier Division counterparts.

Perhaps still feeling the scars of former co-manager Sam Poole’s departure, Portland trailed the Badgers 3-0 at halftime.

Kieran O’Donnell’s cross was converted by Mitch Speechley-Price in the eighth minute, before Liam Sayers and Greg Borthwick were denied by goalkeeper Brad Snelling – a double with Dorchester.

Ollie Dennett made it 2-0 through O’Donnell’s creativity once again and Brock had a third in the 43rd minute when Alfie Prescott’s run and cross was driven home by Speechley-Price.

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Portland were huffing and huffing in the second half, but Brockenhurst had the bigger advantage, adding a fourth in the 75th minute when the Blues failed to cut off a daring run from O’Donnell before the forward netted the goal that his performance deserved.

Portland offered late resistance thanks to a bubbly shot from Troy Walbridge, but the Blues were second best as their positive streak of results came to an end.

Speaking to Portland media chief Josh Barton, manager Franklyn Clarke had no complaints about the result.

He said: “Brockenhurst deserved to win the game. Whether it was 4-0 or not, they were ruthless and clinical with the chances they had.

“They took their big moments and we never did. The first 45 minutes were just very unusual, we just didn’t look like we looked the last two months.

“These games are coming. In the second half, we asked for a reaction and a bit of responsibility to take, a bit of pride to show.

“That’s exactly what happened, we were the better team in the second half. Two or three big moments and again we didn’t take them. The last six games we have been.

“As far as how the day went, it’s not ideal, but you can’t dwell on it. You process it, learn bits and pieces you didn’t like, and forget about it.

Blues: Edgar, Thomas, Stuttle (Diaz 90+2), Callow, Harvey, Williams, McKechnie, M Smith, Sayers, Borthwick (Walbridge 58), Morris (Lowes 77). Unused subtitles:B Smith, Wilson.

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