Jenkins plays down Portchester loss as Town net a dozen

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AFC Portchester found it tough going as they opened their pre-season friendly programme with a 4-1 defeat against Worthing at Wicor Rec.

The Ryman League visitors showed good quality and movement up front to cause the home defence lots of problems.

Portchester director of football Mick Jenkins was not overly concerned, though.

‘It is our first competitive game and too much shouldn’t be read into it,’ he said.

‘We used in excess of 20 players and everybody got a run out of some description.

‘It is all about building up fitness levels and getting the players familiar with systems.

‘With games against a Portsmouth XI, Bognor Regis and AFC Bournemouth ahead we will have to raise it.’

Petersfield Town went goal-crazy and smashed 12 past hosts Chichester City United without reply.

Ryan Coker grabbed another brace, taking his tally to five in three games.

New signing Warren Hunt (two), Robbie Tambling (two), Andy Todd (two), Alex Ward, Alex Lowley, Ash Howes and Jake Slater also found the net.

‘It was quite a decent contest in the first half when we only led 2-0 at the break,’ said manager Ian Saunders.

‘Four goals in four minutes at the start of the second half finished it.

‘I have to be pleased the way things are going ahead of our first season back in the Wessex premier.

‘Having the experience of Warren Hunt up front can make a big difference.

‘He has scored goals everywhere he has been and will be able to influence our fairly young frontline.

‘It will give us an old head up top.

‘Coker is only 18 years old and Tambling and Todd in their early twenties.

Horndean slipped to a 4-2 defeat at Western League Shepton Mallett.

‘To be fair I struggled a bit to get a team to travel because of work commitments,’ said manager Dave Carter.

‘Considering what we had we did okay. We acquitted ourselves well but tired in the second half.

‘Ellis Martin played well at the back and young 17-year-old Liam Kimber did well in midfield.’

Adam Turner grabbed both Horndean goals.