BALTI Sports’ boss Marco Nott believes the 4-0 Dorset Senior Trophy second round reverse at Hamworthy Recreation was a “flattering” scoreline for the hosts.

Nott’s men were twice postponed after heavy rain made their Weymouth College pitch unplayable, the Dorset FA then switching the fixture to Hamworthy.

With a 1.30pm kick-off, Balti were without several players due to work but made unbeaten Rec work for their win.

Their hosts went 2-0 up early in the second half and only added their third and fourth goals deep into the dying embers as George Webb, Sam Thompson, Carl Edwards and Brad Hill all got on the scoresheet.

For Balti, Ricky Lane volleyed over and Sean Zima forced a save from the Rec keeper, while Jack Drummond twice missed good chances.

Speaking to Echosport, Nott said: “It was not a 4-0 game – they scored two goals in stoppage-time as we were pushing on.

“It was a bit of a shame it ended 4-0 because everyone looks at it and thinks ‘oh, they hammered us’. But we were in the game all the way up to the 85th minute. The lads did really well, but (Ham Rec) scored a really lucky goal just before half-time.”

He added: “It hit one of our lads, bounced off another one of our lads and bounced into the net – that made it 1-0.

“We were a threat going forward, we had umpteen amount of corners we just couldn’t convert which was unlike us because we’re normally pretty dangerous from corners.”

On the second-half display, Nott continued: “They came out and scored 10 minutes into the half. That was disappointing because we wanted to keep it 1-0.

“But we changed to 4-4-2 straight after 2-0 and we were absolutely all over them, we were the better team.

“We had a couple of really good chances, Sean played a shot across goal which the keeper made a good save to and Jack missed two chances which he could’ve done a bit better with.

“We were very much in the game, we just needed that goal to apply more pressure on them but we couldn’t get it.

“We chucked our centre-back Phil Anderson up with nothing to lose and they were clinical on the counter and picked us off with two goals.”

But Nott praised Rec, who now have 13 wins from 13 games this season.

He said: “They’re an outstanding team and are probably worthy of being in Portland’s division (Wessex League).

“They’re too good for our league. It was good to go toe-to-toe with them and in the future it gives us confidence we can hurt them.”

Balti: A Nott, S Walker, Burton, Anderson, Taylor, Andrews, Nichols, McClements, Devaney (Stavrianos 70), Zima, Lane (Drummond 65). Sub not used: M Nott


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