Despite the enforced 10-day international break, Portimonense have consolidated their lead at the top of the Ledman LigaPRO second division.
The Algarveans benefited from the managerial carousel still rotating at closest rivals Santa Clara who were held to a goalless draw at Vizela during last Sunday’s catch-up game. The tie, re-arranged earlier this season, took place under the command of the Azoreans’ third head coach since the start of the present campaign – the very successful Daniel Ramos was ‘poached’ by top tier Madeira club Marítimo while replacement Quim Machado quit for personal reasons without making a single appearance in the dugout, a situation which led to the latest appointment of Rui Amorim.
Following a perfect start to the season, Santa Clara have now added a defeat and two draws to their record allowing still unbeaten Portimonense – eight wins and two draws – to establish a three-point advantage.
Manager Vítor Oliveira’s men enjoyed a 1-1 training run-out against Farense at the weekend and will be looking forward to returning to serious action at home against Benfica B next Wednesday afternoon before Saturday’s trip to Varzim.
By SKIP BANDELE
Photo: Portimonense coach Vítor Oliveira