DORCHESTER Sports earned a morale-boosting 3-0 win over Sturminster Newton United to claim an immediate revenge in the Dorset Premier League.

In their previous league game, Sports had lost 2-1 at Sturminster but enjoyed a quick start to put the game comfortably to bed by half-time.

Sports, led by assistant-manager Steve Churchill due to the unavailability of boss Ashley James. were dominant in possession and rarely looked like conceding throughout the match.

Churchill’s men took an early lead after 15 minutes, when Jamie Rawlings capitalised on a defensive error and took the ball round the Sturminster goalkeeper to fire in.

The home side kept pressing and added a second 10 minutes later, when Jamie West tapped in from six yards out.

The third goal followed soon after when Adam Steele floated a ball into the box which crashed against the crossbar before deflecting off one of the visitors and into the net after 40 minutes.

Other chances followed through Paul Hill, West and Steele as the home side tried to extend their lead further.

Half-time came with Sports comfortably ahead and the second half would see them preserve the lead until full-time.

Chances did come about, but saw Sports in a less clinical mood as they could not manage to extend their lead.

Goalkeeper Anthony Frost had to be subbed after 65 minutes with vision issues, which have subsequently cleared up.

Steele was unfortunate to not bag a goal when he lobbed an effort over the goalkeeper, only for a defender to have raced back to hack the ball off the line.

Brandon Heal then got through on goal but took a touch too many which allowed the Sturminster defence to clear away the danger.

Hill had another chance when pressuring a defender allowed him to break clean through but he saw his effort saved.

Sports’ assistant-manager Steve Churchill said: “Especially as we lost 2-1 to them in the last game it was nice to get a bit of payback for that one.

“The boys seemed to enjoy it. We went with a slightly different formation which seemed to work. They adapted well to it.

“It was pleasing to get a clean sheet and some of the football is the best we have played for some time.”

Sports host Westland Sports on Saturday (2pm).

Sports: Frost (Lucas 65), Heal, A Gould, P Thomas, W Gould, Read (Amor 60), Rawlings, Quinton, Steele, West, Hill (B Thomas 65).


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