GOALS from Karol Rog and Jamie Trimble proved not enough as Poppies’ miserable form continued with a 5-2 loss at Wessex League rivals Portland United.

The Blues took command from the outset and blitzed away from the Victoria Park side with four unanswered goals in the first half.

Jamie Symes’s free-kick set the ball rolling before Ryan McKechnie put the hosts two up with 21 minutes on the clock, capping off a slick counter.

Portland’s McKechnie then nodded in Alex Halloran’s cross at the back post to make it three and Symes netted once more before the break to virtually end the game as a contest.

Poppies did pull a goal back eight minutes after the break when Trimble headed past Island stopper Steve Boore.

Rog then added a second before Josh Williams capped off the evening with a fifth for the Blues.

Defeat was Poppies’ sixth in a row in the league. They have only won once from 11 games in the division this season, picking up just five points to sit 18th in the table.

In Wessex One, Lee Vint’s double paved the way for Verwood to seal a 2-1 victory at Ringwood Town. Jordy Coltman’s goal had put the hosts in front.

Bashley progressed to the third round of the Southampton Senior Cup after a comfortable 3-0 success over AFC Stoneham at Bashley Road.

Oliver Smith put the hosts in front before Harry McGrath and Lewis Ross also got their names on the scoresheet.

Lymington are also through following a 3-2 win over Hamble Club reserves. Sam House struck twice and Adam Costello also found the net.

In the Hampshire Senior Cup first round, Christchurch were beaten 4-3 on penalties by the Royal Navy after a 2-2 draw at Hurn Bridge.

Priory had netted in regular time thanks to Kyle Graham and Max Wilcock.