Portadown are back in Bluefin Sport Championship action this Saturday (11 January 2020) when we face H&W Welders at Tilysburn Park (Kick off 2pm)

Ports manager Matthew Tipton has provided the media team with this injury update ahead of tomorrows game:


“We now only have Greg Hall in the treatment room so that bodes well as we move forward this season.

Luke Wilson is suspended for tomorrow’s game which is a blow after his performances over the last month or so.

The competition for places in the squad & starting eleven is probably now at its highest since I’ve been at the football club which hopefully will help us over the rest of the season.”


The Welders are currently on a bad run of form with only one win in their past four Championship games and currently sit 9th in the Bluefin Sport Championship, former Glentoran manager and player Gary Smyth returned in December to take back over the reigns of the East Belfast club after leaving in the summer of 2018 to take a coaching role at the Oval before subsequently replacing Ronnie McFall at the Glens and he’ll be hoping for a better second half of the season for his team.

There’s been a bit of movement at the H&W Welders over the Christmas period with Jonathan Smith and Dylan Davidson departing while Gary Spence returned to Tilysburn.

Last time out in the Bluefin Sport Championship H&W Welders were beaten 1-0 by Dundela while Portadown won their Boxing Day Derby against Loughgall. The last meeting between the H&W Welders and Portadown seen the Welders run out 2-1 winners back in October and seen them bring an end to Portadown’s impressive 8 match unbeaten streak.

Referee – Shane McGonigle – Assistant Referees – George Argyropoulos & John Doherty


2019/20 Bluefin Sport Championship season so far

H&W Welders – Played 21, Won 7, Drew 3, Lost 11 – Points 24 / Goals for 34 / Goals against 45 – Bluefin Sport Championship position – 9th

Portadown – Played 23, Won 16, Drew 4, Lost 3 – Points 52 / Goals for 50 / Goals against 18 – Bluefin Sport Championship position – 1st


Form (Last 5 League Games – Most recent game last)

H&W Welders – W, L, L, W, L (6 points gained from a possible 15)

Portadown – D, W, L, W, W (10 points gained from a possible 15)


H&W Welders Home League Form 2019/20 – Played 9, Won 4, Drew 2, Lost 3 / Goals for 16 / against 13 (14 points gained from a possible 27)

Portadown Away League Form 2019/20 – Played 12, Won 7, Drew 3, Lost 2. Goals for 24 / against 14 – (24 points collected from a possible 36)


Top league goalscorers 2019/20

H&W Welders – Matthew Ferguson (12), Ross Arthurs & Luckas Gwiazda (both 3),

Portadown – Lee Bonis (12), Adam Salley (10), Adam Duke & Callum Ferris (both 5)


Last 5 Head to Heads

Saturday 12 October 2019 – H&W Welders 2 (Davidson, Ferguson) Portadown 1 (McNally)

Saturday 24 August 2019 – Portadown 2 (Bonis, Hall) H&W Welders 0

Saturday 13 April 2019 – Portadown 3 (Mackle, McCallum & Lavery) H&W Welders 1 (Dornan)

Saturday 16 February 2019 – H&W Welders 0 Portadown 6 (Salley x2, Duke, Carmichael, Bradley, Wilson)

Saturday 19 January 2019 – Portadown 3 (Salley, McKenna & Duke) H&W Welders 2 (Ferguson x2)

Toals Bookmakers Odds – H&W Welders 11/2    Draw 7/2    Portadown 4/11