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Match Preview: Tadley Calleva vs AFC Portchester

One final game. That’s all that’s left for the Tadley Calleva First Team who have their last game of the 2018/19 season this Saturday. The visitors to Barlow’s Park are AFC Portchester who sit in 11thplace with 50 points. With a win, Tadley could finish the season as high as 7thbut as low as 13th. The middle of the table is so congested so anything could happen. One more point will see Tadley reach 50 points for the season and that would be a fantastic first season in the Wessex Premier Division. This finish would be the best ever finish the club has had in it’s history.

AFC Portchester gained promotion to the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division back in 2012. Portchy finished in runners up position that season. In their first season in the Premier Division, they finished 15thafter a successful first season in the top flight. In February 2013, ex-Arsenal and England player Graham Rix became their manager. Portchester’s last piece of silverware was in 2017 when they won the Russell Cotes Cup beating Bemerton Heath Harlequins 6-5 on penalties.





AFC Portchester won their last game against Bemerton Heath Harlequins 3-1. Goals for Portchester came from Efu Kazadi, Joel Jackson and Brodie Spencer. That was their 14thwin of the season which is one more win than Tadley have this campaign. However, Tadley have lost less games with 14 losses compared to the 15 for Portchester. Tadley have drawn two more games than their upcoming opponents with 10 draws.

Captain Shaun Dallimore has made 40 appearances this season for Tadley making him the player with the most appearances. Olly Searle has the most appearances for AFC Portchester with 36. Their top goalscorer is Daniel Simmonds with 13 goals this season which is 7 less than Brett Denham who is the Roman’s top goalscorer. George Hallahan will be up against his old team this weekend where he made 2 appearances at the beginning of the season scoring once for them. Hallahan will be looking to add to his tally of 12 goals for Tadley this season.

The last time these two teams met was back in February where there were no goals. This has been the only game this season where there hasn’t been a goal in a game Tadley were involved in.

The referee for this game is Tom Baines while Andrew Brown and Chris Gunnell are the assistants on Saturday.

For the final time this season, get down to Barlow’s Park and support Danny Dolan and his players.

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