Hamworthy Rec 3-0 Balti Sports: Managers punish Balti mistakes

BALTI Sports succumbed 3-0 to runaway leaders and reigning Jewishon Dorset Premier League champions Hamworthy Rec.

Rec claimed their 19th victory in 21 games, extending their lead over Merley to eight points, but not without a fight as Balti acquitted himself well despite rarely troubling the hosts’ goal.

A shot on target from 30 yards out from Danny Andrews was as good as Balti’s half, with Rec enjoying the majority of the game with a smooth performance in midfield.

Rec had his nose ahead in the 15th minute when Carl Edwards buried a finish into the roof of the net on Ed Fisher’s cross, following a costly fall from Balti keeper Andy Nott.

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Rec went up 2-0 when Joe Smith assisted John Webb in the 27th minute.

However, the hosts wasted chances to extend their lead as Ash Boyt fired in before Joe Smith and Jake Kelly also missed opportunities.

Smith hit the bar in the second half and went inches from a third, only to have his effort clear of the line.

Balti went close by Matt Chambers but the visitors were reduced to 10 men when centre-back Phil Anderson was sent off for two long tackles – his first dismissal in eight years at the club.

Rec used his power play to put the game to bed, with Edwards showing expert composure to slip a finish past goalkeeper Nott seven minutes from time.

Speaking to Echosport, Balti boss Marco Nott said: “We went there with a fairly young team and we tried.

“We had a game plan in the first half to try to frustrate them a bit. In the second half, we tried to be a little more in front of them.

“But they’re a quality team, there’s no two ways about it. They’re by far the best team we’ve played this season.

“The way they hit the ball and move on and off the ball is quite superb. They are difficult to live with. If you make a mistake, they will punish you, it’s as simple as that.

“What’s annoying for us is that they didn’t have to work too hard to achieve their goals. The first was a mistake by Andy, dropping a cross.

“Their second was a good goal, it was a brace, but we didn’t follow our runner into midfield, he came through and went one-on-one with Andy and put it on.

“The majority of the game was theirs, we were trying to sit deep. I can’t fault our guys, they were superb against a very strong team that is pushing to go up.

“We didn’t dishonor each other, which was good to see.”

balti: A Nott, Grace, Anderson, Walker, Brisco, L Taylor, McClements (H Taylor 75), Rawlings (R Zima 60), Drummond, Lane (Chambers 60), Andrews.

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