Port B Take On ‘Poon Army: Port B vs. Kopoon Warrior Preview, 12 August 2018

 

This has been a long time coming! Port B have been trundling along below The Sandpit’s radar all season and, besides our Squad List and the odd Portlist, Port B’s youngsters haven’t really featured in our coverage. Part of the reason for that is the fact that they’re second bottom in the Bangkok region of T4, and are the equal lowest scorers in the division with just 14 goals. With three games remaining, Port are just 2 points above the only relegation spot.

 

 

Where do you go if you’re relegated from T4? The Thai Amateur League. No Thanks. Currently in the drop zone are Dome FC, who will be Port’s final day opponents. A 3 point cushion going in to that crunch game would be nice!

 

Kopoon Warrior

 

No, not Warriors; Warrior. Just the one. Kopoon, 4 places but just 2 points above Port in the table, are Sunday’s opponents. Winless in their last 6 games with 2 draws and 4 losses, Kopoon look like just the kind of team Port will fancy facing. Wittawat Wongnarat (11) is the main goal threat (he has 7 so far this season), whilst captain Ratchanon Ragsa-ad (13) has scored 4.

 

 

That kit is an absolute beauty. And so ends my detailed analysis of our opponents!

 

Port B

The Players

 

Yes, I thought it would make rather more sense to introduce some of our own players, most of whom will be complete unknowns to Port fans. We’ll start with a first-teamer who has been helping out in T4 for a while, and hasn’t played a minute of first team football in 2018.

It’s Port’s number 1. Watchara Buathong (1) is a fine ‘keeper who could quite easily be playing for a bottom half T1 team or at least a decent T2 team. He has spent some of his time with Port on loan in recent years, although for the last 2 seasons he has taken the cushy option as Port’s third choice stopper. He might not be at his sharpest, having featured only a few times for Port B, so Port could also opt for Anipong Kijkam (81), who has played more regularly in 2018.

 

 

Regular defender Sarawin Phakdeekan (48) was suspended last week, but expect him to come back in to the team and slot in alongside big fella Siriwat Chumyen (86). Sarawin has made a couple of matchday squads for the first team this season, as well as appearing in a pre-season friendly.

 

 

Pummared Kladkleep (41) joined Port’s first team in 2017 from just-disbanded BBCU. Having played for teams like Chamchuri United and Khon Kaen United it is a bit of a head-scratcher that Port thought there was any chance he would make much of an impact in T1. 3 first team starts in 2 years later, he’s playing more regularly in T4 than he did in T1, and at this level Pummared should be a dominant force and an experienced head in central midfield. Alongside him in midfield or perhaps the wing will be Port B captain Danudet Treemongkonchok (42), who spent the 2017 pre-season with Port’s first team and scored his third goal of the season in last week’s 1-0 victory.

 

 

Either alongside Pummared or slotting in at left back will be Port B’s top scorer in 2018, Chaowala Sriarwut (57). One of the only Port B signings to be announced to any fanfare, Chaowala is very highly rated, and his shown his potential by netting 4 times, despite having been deployed at full back on numerous occasions.

 

 

The front line is where Port B have struggled this season. Young forward Chanayut Jejue (99) is the pick of the bunch, having scored 3 times in 2018, but he certainly doesn’t have the physique to lead the line, and if I had to guess, this is probably why Port have struggled so much going forward. Small technically proficient forwards are nice to have if they partnered with some muscle, but pretty ineffective otherwise. Looked excellent when given a run-out in a mid-season friendly a couple of months ago.

 

 

Form

 

Before last week’s huge win over Police Tero B, Port had suffered four consecutive losses, with a draw coming before that. Let’s hope the tide has turned!

 

Location

 

As this is a Port B game, it will NOT be at PAT Stadium, but Insee Chantarasatit Stadium (สนามอินทรีย์จันทรสถิตย์ > click here to see the Facebook page, which includes a map) and kick off is at the earlier than usual 17:00. It isn’t going to be on TV, so the only way to see the boys in action is to come along. As this stadium is on a university campus there will be no beer being sold, and we imagine that the independent Leo salesmen who so often accompany us on our away trips will also not be making the trip. Bring your own booze, fellas. It’s a holiday on the Monday, so don’t hold back!

 

Tom Earls

Tom Earls

Having moved to Thailand aged 10, Tom has been playing or watching football in Thailand for more than 18 years. A keen follower of the Thai National Team and an avid fan of Port FC, he is a regular contributor to The Sandpit.

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