Cold reception

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.  

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