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FOOTBALL: 'Exceptional' Blues delight boss Gary Bailey
WAREHAM RANGERS 0 PORTLAND UNITED 3
ED Bastic netted his first Portland United goal to put the seal on a 3-0 win for the Blues that had boss Gary Bailey purring.
The former Weymouth Sports man was given a place in the starting line-up for the first time by Bailey, who has been impressed by Bastic following his arrival at the club in the summer.
Bastic scored from an acute angle after good work from Alex Halloran in midfield to wrap up Portland’s fifth triumph in the Dorset Premier League this term.
Lewis Clarke had given the visitors the lead on 25 minutes, finishing neatly when put through by Halloran. Then, five minutes into the second half, Ashley Smith found Joe Toghill and he beat the Wareham keeper.
Wareham rarely troubled Ashley Weeks in the Portland goal and Bastic later completed a good day’s work for Bailey and his men, who stay third in the table just three points off top spot with a game in hand.
“We played really well,” said Bailey. “It was an exceptional performance, probably our best all-round performance of the season.
“The players did exactly what we asked them to do and were patient on a pitch that wasn’t great to play on.
“We played some terrific football at times and bossed the game from start to finish.
“We dominated them in the first half but knew that at only 1-0 up they could come back at us.
“But they only really looked like scoring from set-pieces and I was pleased for Ed when he got his goal. I thought he deserved a start and he showed what he can do.”
After losing 4-0 to Weymouth Reserves two games ago, Bailey has been pleased with how his troops have responded and is hoping they can continue their current form against Mere Town next time out.
“We were confident and passed the ball about really well on Saturday,” Bailey added. “We did it in fits and starts against Tintinhull but were good throughout the match against Wareham at the weekend.
“Other than a few misplaced passes in the final third we were a pleasure to watch.
“Alex Halloran and Ashley Smith worked hard in midfield and we were a real threat going forward.”
Blues: Weeks, R Doidge, Whyton, Carmichael, Gould, Bastic, Smith, Halloran, Toghill (B Doidge 70), Linaker (Crouch 80), Clarke. Sub not used: Mutch
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