PORTLAND United Reserves manager Justin Faulkner expects his side’s Dorset Premier League derby with Balti Sports to have an “edge” tomorrow (2pm).

Sports travel to the Weyline Stadium having won their past three games and have already beaten the Blues 2-0 in the League Cup.

However, the Blues’ second-string are coming into form themselves having won their past two games.

Faulkner said: “There is no doubt Balti will be a tough game for us and being a local derby it adds a bit of an edge to the encounter. I think it will be a superb game of football from two sides that like to get the ball down and play.

“If we prepare and apply ourselves correctly I have every reason to think we can take something from this game.

“We’ve come off the back of two good away performances which suggests we are building a bit of form and confidence after losing four on the bounce.

“Many would be waiting for us to implode or run out of steam and I think a lot of people made us favourites to go straight back down. I hope we’ve made those people take notice.”

Meanwhile, Balti boss Marco Nott said: “It is a massive game really, for both clubs. Obviously it is always nice to try and get bragging rights on your rivals.

“It is definitely a chance to do that on Saturday.

Portland are a tough team this year, they have done well in their first season (in the DPL). You never know what sort of team you are going to come up against with Portland.”