Portimão FC suffered their third reversal of the new season at Sporting da Covilhã as the players struggled to adapt to temperatures well below those in the Algarve.
Trailing 2-0 by half-time, coach Lito’s promotion hopefulls managed to reduce the deficit with a Garavano strike before the home side’s Edgar made it 3-1 from the penalty spot.
Portimão, now part of a tightly bunched group at the top of the Liga de Honra, next welcome close rivals Aves on Sunday in a televised 11.15am kick-off.
One tier below, both Lagoa and Loulé are making steady progress after a poor start. The first mentioned recorded their fourth win of the season in beating Reguengos 2-1 and are now five points off the lead in seventh place while the latter’s 1-1 draw with Pinhalnovense was enough to allow them to climb out of the relegation zone.