Match Preview: Baffins vs United Services Portsmouth
Written by Ollie Cook
16 Jan 2023
Baffins will aim to return to the pitch exactly one month since their previous Wessex League fixture.
When Joe Johnson rifled an effort into the net to secure a comprehensive victory over Bournemouth, not many could have predicted it would have been the last Baffins action for a month.
Tom Vincent, Steve Ramsey - now returned to AFC Portchester - and Jason Parish also converted in the December victory over Dorset opposition.
Tuesday night's opponents are United Services, who make the short trip across Portsea Island for the second attempt, after the original fixture in late December was postponed.
And if this week's clash beats the previous adverse weather conditions, it will be the second time Baffins have welcomed USP to the PMC Stadium this campaign. The clubs clashed in the Hampshire Cup back in September, with the hosts recording a convincing three-goal victory, with strikes from Brad Gale, Kelvin Robinson and captain Parish.
After a summer of change at Victory Stadium, with Fraser Quirke replacing the departing Tom Grice, United Services have once again adapted well after their promotion to step-five.
USP have already played three times since the turn of the calendar year - most recently, a last-gasp defeat at Moon Park against Bemerton Heath Harlequins after Lamin Jatta was controversially sent off.
Last term, Baffins recorded four points against Tuesday's opponents in league action. The fixture in PO3 saw Tom Jeffes strike a late equaliser, but Baffins romped to a 3-0 victory in Gunwharf earlier in the campaign - a match Danny Thompson took touchline control of, in absence of former boss Shaun Wilkinson.
There will be a pitch inspection taking place prior to tomorrow night's fixture, and any update will be provided across the club's social media channels.
Tickets for the Wessex League contest can only be purchased on the turnstiles on Tuesday 17 January and are priced £6 adults and £4 concessions.