Encouraging signs for Portishead

Bodmin Town 2 Portishead Town 1 - PORTISHEAD made the long journey into Cornwall to take Bodmin in the FA Vase first qualifying round on the back of two heavy defeats.

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PORTISHEAD made the long journey into Cornwall to take Bodmin in the FA Vase first qualifying round on the back of two heavy defeats and missing Holder, Hughes, Gill, Lynch, Knight and Ganfield through a mixture of injury and unavailability.

Manager Dave Willis gave starting debuts to teenagers Charman, Gibson and White in what turned out to be a gripping cup-tie.


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The home side started brightly but Posset's young defence held firm and Bodmin were restricted to long range efforts and crosses which keeper Tucker and his backline dealt with.

Posset's captain Pettitt was working tirelessly in midfield and young striker Danny Benn was keeping the home defence on their toes.

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The second period saw Bodmin throw more men forward and this tactic worked in Posset's favour and after a rare sortie into the Bodmin half, Gibson released Mapstone into the box and he was upended and top scorer Clarke scored from the penalty spot.

Bodmin continued to pour forward and only a fantastic last-ditch tackle by Clements stopped the home side from levelling, but they equalised in the 89th minute.

The tie went into extra time and Nick Moore and Jordan Cleary were brought on to provide fresh legs, but Bodmin's winner arrived after 105 minutes.

A lot can be taken from this performance by Posset and they will entertain Bradford Town on Saturday at Bristol Road hoping to build on the encouraging signs.

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