Webb shines and strikers fire for Portchester

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A delighted Mick Jenkins felt AFC Portchester showed their quality at both ends of the pitch on Saturday.

The Wicor Rec side were too strong for Bemerton Heath Harlequins.

Simon Woods scored twice and Nathan Kirby also netted to seal a 3-0 success.

Portchester keeper Jon Webb was in great form as he denied Harlequins any joy of their own.

Director of football Jenkins was hugely impressed with the goals that won the match.

He also felt the team did superbly to cope with the difficult conditions.

‘Once again the lads did very well on a saturated pitch surface to deal with the pressure and keep a clean sheet,’ said Jenkins.

‘And at the other end, our three goals were a bit special.

‘The only disappointment was that we didn’t score a few more.

‘We had the chances and on a better day would have put them away.

‘Everyone played their part – the two saves by Jon Webb really showed what we are all about when it comes to winning matches against good Wessex League sides and Bemerton are certainly one of them.’

Heath striker Steve Witcher twice tested Webb.

But the keeper was more than up to the challenge – with a spectacular second save the highlight.

For most of the 90 minutes, though, play was confined to the visitors’ half of the pitch .

Woods robbed keeper Chris Brewer of the ball to tuck in an opener.

And Nathan Kirby fired a second, early in the second half.

That goal destroyed any Bemerton hopes and must rank as one of the best goals seen at Wicor Rec this season.

Jamie Musselwhite thundered a free-kick against the post – with Kirby reacting first to blast the rebound high into the net.

Woods then sped through the defence to slam home a third.

It was no more than Portchester deserved.

AFC Portchester: Webb, Maddison, Stone, Salter-Vaile, Audin, Hardy, Castles, Bye, Musselwhite, Kirby, Woods. Subs: Stockford, Thompson, Settle, Moody, Hutchings.