ANDOVER New Street recorded their best league win of the season as they beat visiting fourth placed Portland United in thriller.

The Wessex League Premier basement side started last Saturday’s game very much as underdogs against their high flying visitors, but ended the afternoon with a 3-2 success.

It was a tremendous effort by the home side who scored their first goal after 19 minutes into the game.

This was after Portland’s Alex Godfrey and Jamie Beasley both missed one-on-one opportunities.

The New Street goal came from defender Matt Scott who headed Callum Sweeney’s free-kick past Portland’s goalkeeper Michael Edgar.

Scott then scored again, this time from a corner with a spectacular header into the top corner.

With two for Scott, two for New Street, the home side were walking on air at this point in the game.

The second half saw New Street thunder one home again.

This time it came from attacking midfielder Ilyas Warshow making it 3-0 with a simple tap in thanks to a great cross from Kieran Le Brun.

Portland now threw everything at the home side and with goalkeeper George Baxter beaten by Ryan McKechnie’s shot it was headed off the line by Scott.

Portland dug their way back into the game as Jamie Beasley slotted home with 10 minutes left, as he beat George Baxter at the near post.

Then for minutes into added on time the visitors scored again.

Thie time it came from the penalty spot and Ryan McKechnie made no mistake to make it 3-2.

However, after this the New Street’s defence held the visitors out until the final whistle and came away with a much needed three points.

After this superb victory New Street manager John Smith said: “I am so happy with our performance today.

“It was a great win against a top side.

“We can now take this win to our next game. We still have a chance of staying up.”

The result leaves New Street five points a drift of Bemerton Heath Harlequins and six behind Cowes Sports with a game in hand, with nine games left to play.

They will hope to continue to close the gap on the teams above them on Saturday.

They are at home again to another Dorset side when fifth placed Hamworthy will be the visitors.