PORTLAND Town Reserves stormed back to action after a five-week delay due to the weather by beating Sturminster Newton United Reserves 3-0 in Dorset League Division Three.

Manager Steve Prout was left short of players for the clash but Town still managed to extend their fabulous run to one loss in 11 league games – a 5-1 home loss to leaders Puddletown.

A lacklustre first half suddenly burst into life when Elliot Gould was brought down in the area, leading to captain Matt Dunlop firing home the penalty.

Town exerted more pressure in the second half as Gould pounced on Alex Crawley’s cross for 2-0, the latter making his first appearance since rejoining Town in March.

With four minutes to go assistant manager Flloyd Brown made his Town Reserves debut and quickly got into the thick of the action.

Less than a minute after coming on, Dunlop’s raking 50-yard pass land at the feet of talisman Gould who unselfishly squared the ball for Brown to slot in for 3-0.

Manager Prout said: “It’s a privilege being with this club and the team did not disappoint on the day.

“I only had 12 players and my assistant on the day against a very young Stur side.”

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