ANDOVER Town suffered a very disappointing result, following their excellent performance against Newport, as they lost 4-0 to visiting unbeaten US Portsmouth.

New signing from Whitchurch Dean Smith came in for his debut, while Josh Bertie was amongst the subs having prematurely been forced to return early from the Caribbean due to the weather conditions.

The visitors were quick out of the blocks and almost five minutes elapsed before Andover were able to any sort of impression but Lewis Wakeford’s cross was turned away for a corner.

Against a far more experienced side Andover continued to struggled to gain a foothold and it was no surprise

when Harry Potter gave them the lead after 12 minutes play.

The second goal arrived four minutes later and it could be argued that it was a little fortuitous.

A free-kick from wide on the left appeared to be heading out of play.

Kieran McHardy came across to cover but Tom Jeffes managed to head into the net through the narrow gap between goalkeeper and post.

Waledin Ahmed was the first to get in a shot on target for the home side, but overall Andover’s struggle to impose themselves in the game continued.

Andover had a lucky escape when attempting to play out from the back, a pass was under hit to present the visitors with a golden opportunity which they failed to take.

However, the reprieve was short lived when a second misdirected pass was intercepted by James Franklin who duly punished Andover to score the visitor's third goal.

As the second period got underway United Services continued to dominate and a goalmouth scramble ended with a ricochet off the Andover crossbar.

McHardy made a fine save tipping a 40-yard free-kick over the bar.

However, from the resulting corner Jeffes headed in his second of the night to give the Services an unassailable advantage.

To their credit Andover kept plugging away but were unable to make an impression on a well organised defence.

McHardy excelled with a point blank save whilst the visitors, possibly over confident, missed a couple of sitters.

Late in the game Bertie cut in from the right in search of the consolation, but his effort sailed over the bar, arguably summing up Andover’s evening.

The Portsmouth side have yet to lose this season and another undefeated side Amesbury are next up at the Portway on Saturday.

It does not get any easier.