WEYMOUTH 5 PORTSMOUTH & SOUTHSEA 0
WEYMOUTH maintained their position at the top of Hampshire Division Two with a comfortable win against a battling Portsmouth & Southsea.
Confidence was high in the home changing room at Redlands as the Seasiders came into the fixture on the back of three wins and a goalless draw from their opening four encounters.
Ten points and a superior goal difference meant that Weymouth started the match on top of the table.
The home side dominated proceedings from the start against the depleted visitors.
The midfield trio commanded possession, interchanging well with an increasingly fluent forward line.
As early as the fifth minute, Weymouth took a well-deserved lead as Dan Bowles was able to crash in a shot from the top-left of the circle past the stranded Pompey keeper.
A first league goal of the campaign for him and exactly the start the home team were looking for.
The away side struggled to get out of their own half as Weymouth continued to make chances – Alex Toms and Luke Drewitt both forcing some desperate clearances from the travelling defence.
With just 11 minutes gone, veteran forward Andy Stiles doubled the hosts’ lead with a calmly-executed finish.
The pattern of Weymouth’s dominance continued for the rest of the first half, goalkeeper David Civil only having to pull off a couple of clearances in a quiet period for the home defence.
Meanwhile, the Seasiders’ attacking play won them numerous penalty corners which unusually they were unable to convert. And the score remained 2-0 at the break.
The second half began in a similar vein to that in which the first had finished.
Weymouth knew that one more goal would all but seal the win but they were unable to convert any of the many opportunities they created.
Another handful of penalty corners went begging before a moment of individual brilliance from Drewitt.
Cleverly played in down the right by full-back Simon Harvey, the mop-haired forward beat three visiting defenders before sliding the ball past the keeper.
Ten minutes later Weymouth stret-ched their lead to four goals as they were finally able to convert a penalty corner.
Bowles finishing well by deftly rocketing in a straight strike from the castle.
The scoring was complete when a roaming Mike Westlake played in a ball from the left with pin-point accuracy for a diving Toms to slot in.
Whilst being pleased with the scoreline and three points, the Seasiders are well aware they will have to up their game over the next couple of weeks.
That said they can be well pleased with another week at the top of the league table with 13 points from 15, 18 goals scored and just one conceded.
Next up is an away trip to third-placed Trojans, who will be riding high after two good wins in recent weeks.
Weymouth: Civil, Westlake, Harvey, Broadhead, Underhill, Bowles, Membury, Knott, Stiles, Drewitt, Toms.