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Tipton calls on Ports to start showing some consistency

 

Focused: Matthew Tipton
Focused: Matthew Tipton

By Stuart McKinley

Matthew Tipton has demanded consistency from his Portadown players after seeing them win 5-0 for the second time in three games.

After Adam Salley's hat-trick helped thump Knockbreda, the Ports boss is determined to hit a run of form.

"The players have already been told that there is no point in beating Knockbreda 5-0 and then losing 1-0 to the Welders next week," said Tipton.

"We have to go and deliver the same level of performance, the same commitment level and keep believing.

"We have to be brave, especially at home. We know we won't get it easy against the Welders. You don't get it easy against any team in this league.

"We need to be fully focused and while we want to play good football we might have to grind it out."

Salley struck twice in the first half to knock the stuffing out of the hosts.

Debutant Lee Bonis made it a perfect start to his Portadown career with the third goal before Salley completed his treble with a penalty and captain Luke Wilson headed home the fifth.

Dundela stay top of table despite their 100% record coming to an end.

They needed an equaliser from Ben Murdock to draw with Newry City after Mark McCabe had put the visitors in front. Loughgall are tucked in behind on goal difference after a 4-1 win over PSNI.

Former Northern Ireland international Warren Feeney made a late substitute appearance as Ards were held 1-1 by Ballinamallard United, who levelled through Chris Kelly in injury-time after Craig McMullen had put the visitors in front.

H&W Welders bounced back from Tuesday's 8-0 hammering by Ballyclare Comrades - who themselves drew 1-1 against Dergview - with a 2-1 win at home to Queen's University.

RESULTS: Ballinamallard Utd 1 Ards 1; Dergview 1 Ballyclare 1; Dundela 1 Newry 1; H&W Welders 2 Queen's Uni 1; Knockbreda 0 Portadown 5, PSNI 1 Loughgall 4.

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