AFC Portchester target Wessex League title after pre-season finale

Ian Saunders and Mick Catlin were highly encouraged by AFC Portchester's 3-0 win over Gosport Borough in their final pre-season friendly.

Sunday, 29th July 2018, 7:29 pm
Updated Sunday, 29th July 2018, 8:34 pm
Steve Ramsey is congratulated after setting up Andy Todd for the second. Picture: Neil Marshall (180728)

The management duo felt it was the perfect tonic going into the new Wessex League premier division season.

'˜I was pleased with our overall work ethic and the way we stuck to the game-plan,' said Catlin.

'˜We created a lot of chances and could easily have won by a lot more.

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'˜I thought we passed the ball well, pressed well in midfield and didn't give Gosport any time on the ball.

'˜We nullified their threats and broke quickly when we got possession.

'˜It was good to get the early goal and the only downside was we should have converted a few more chances.

'˜In the second half their goalkeeper made three or four top-class saves.

'˜It was exactly what we needed in our last game before starting the new league season.

'˜Expectations are very high at the club and we are expected to win the league. That is the way we want it.

'˜There is only one club going up from our league and we want to get promoted

'˜We have told the players that is what we want and won't settle for anything less.'

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