League Leaders Portishead scored six second half goals after a magnificent and disciplined performance in adverse circumstances from the Abbott's had held them at half time.
With the father of one of Portishead's players officiating the Abbott's were apprehensive about the standard of performance that would be on display and perhaps rightly so as the game exploded into life for, maybe the wrong reasons on the half hour mark.
The game was lively enough up to that point with Oldland matching their opponents for chances with Jade Scammell,Vicky Mundy and Annie Hawkins-Hoare all going close for Oldland while at the other end Jayde Holcombe made several good stops to thwart the home team. It was after 30 minutes that the controversy started when Portishead were awarded a corner. A seemingly innocuous header from Portishead was gathered easily enough by Holcombe only for the ref to suddenly award a goal for the home team despite the ball quite clearly not over the line and with not even an appeal for a goal from Portishead.
Oldland responded in the best way possible as a minute later,a deep free kick from Nicky Hawkins-Hoare was headed goalward by Laura Garlick only for skipper Vicky Mundy to bundle in at the far post. The action didn't end there as more or less straight from kick off, Portishead were awarded a penalty after a foul by Georgie Bragg however Holcombe made a stunning save to tip the penalty onto the post after which the ball was cleared.
With emotions running high at half time it was a determined Oldland team that took to the pitch for the second half but a change of formation from the home team saw their pacy attack score twice in the first three minutes of the second half.
Despite Oldlands best efforts to get back into the match, the O's were unable to make a tackle in midfield without the ref blowing his whistle and it was a frustrating second period as Portishead clinically seemed to score every chance that they created.
Despite this, to their credit Oldland never stopped battling with players chasing down seemingly lost causes right up until the final whistle.
PLAYERS OF THE MATCH-----ANNIE HAWKINS-HOARE---Battling display up front, being involved in most of Oldlands chances and unlucky not to score in the first half.
NICKY HAWKINS-HOARE--- Driving force in midfield ,won some outstanding tackles even if the referee didn't think so!
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