The Porthampton Bugle

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Salfords Town 1 Porthampton 0

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Porthampton have followed one disappointing effort with another. This week’s game was a repeat of the lacklustre performance that saw The Fleet lose last week to Stubbingtown in a 3-0 whitewash, the only saving grace was the fact that the score didn’t fully reflect the disappointing level of football on display.

It was sheer luck that prevented Salfords Town from gaining the lead within the first five minutes, a long range strike from Sparrow taking a deflection off Franks that caused his shot to strike the post and be cleared by Austin.

The defence seemed scrappy all match, unable to match the pace of Middleton and Newton. The back four were barely manage to clear the ball to a sloppy midfield, whose passes often missed their mark gifting the ball to Salfords on numerous occasions.

The barrage of shots from the hosting side finally hit home just before the halftime whistle, Newton drawing Gibson off his line before passing the ball across the 6 yard box to Middleton who drove the ball into the open goal mouth.

Bain’s half time speech seemed to do little to inspire his men, their heads hung low as they emerged from the tunnel after the break.

The second half followed much the same formula as the first, the only highlight being the tremendous effort by Gibson to shore up the defence and execute a number of precision saves that rescued the Porthampton side from a heavier loss.

Adam Bain needs to work on the cohesion of his team or this could be the start of a very steep decline in performance for the side that currently stands at 12-7-2.

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