AFC Portchester manager Mick Catlin was pleased with the way his side started the season on Saturday but warned tough tests lie ahead for his players - starting with tonight’s home encounter with Cowes Sports.

The Royals kicked off their Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division campaign with a 4-0 win over Shaftesbury at the weekend.

Overall Catlin was pleased with the outcome of the game and felt plenty of his players deserved credit for their performances.

catswebHe said: “Obviously I am very pleased with Saturday’s result and also the performance. 

“After an early breakthrough goal from Mike Turvey we took a while to break them down. 

“The sending off in the first half gave us the upper hand possession wise but we still needed to get that second goal to break their spirit as they defended for their lives to try and stay in the game. 

“Once we got that second goal we could have had more than the four goals with the chances created. 

“Credit to Brad in goal and our back four for keeping their concentration and making sure we got the clean sheet we deserved.”

Portchester will be looking to maintain their 100 per cent winning start to the campaign when Cowes Sports visit the Crest Finance Stadium tonight (Wednesday - kick-off 7.30pm).

The Isle of Wight side opened their season with a 2-0 defeat at Alresford Town. A repeat of their 4-0 Saturday scoreline would take Portchester to the top of the table.

However, Catlin is preparing his side for another tough game on home soil this evening.

He explained: “The game against Cowes will give us another opportunity to get three points at home but we will need to be at our best to achieve that. 

“Cowes are always a difficult side to play against and with my old friend Steve Rutter as their new manager, I know they will be well drilled and organised.”


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