Christchurch 4-0 down against Portchester before match is abandoned
Wessex League Premier
Christchurch FC 0
AFC Portchester 4
CHRISTCHURCH found themselves four goals down against Portchester when referee Lewis Ward abandoned the game despite the MA Hart Stadium pitch being in a playable state.
Both Christchurch and Portchester came into this league match with vastly varying form, with the visitors six points ahead of their hosts with three games in hand.
The visitors took the lead after just four minutes when George Colson crossed for captain Steve Ramsey to blast home from the edge of the area. His goalbound effort slipped past Ollie King off the head of Christchurch's Luke Ansell, with the keeper appearing to have the shot well-covered.
It took Portchester another 60 seconds to score their second when a long ball over the top to Lee Wort resulted in a fine save and a goalline clearance from Sha Francis. However, the ball only made it as far as Ryan Pennery, who struck the ball home with a first-time shot from the penalty spot.
Moments later, Pennery had the ball in the back of the net after the Christchurch defence disappeared with two Portchester men running straight through the middle in acres of space. Fortunately for the home side, the linesman raised his flag.
Wort tapped in his second at the far post with the break three minutes away to give a dominant Portchester a three-goal lead.
The game's final goal came after right-back Raf Santos lost the ball despite having time and space. Marley Ridge pounced before releasing Pennery, who beat a man and drove into the area to finesse the ball into the far corner of the net.
After walking around the pitch and bouncing the ball successfully in multiple areas, referee Ward managed to find a spot near the goal line where the ball failed his test, prompting the official to abandon the match.