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FOOTBALL: Cheers for Bar 314 after goal bonanza
BAR 314 were on cloud nine after they began the defence of their Premiership crown with an emphatic win over Britannia.
The Brit, who finished runners- up last season, went ahead through Chris Squibb but as soon as Ricky Lane equalised, it was all one-way traffic with Paul Aston, Michael Stone and Chris Skinner putting the title holders 4-1 up at the break.
To their credit, the Portlanders tried to rally in the second half but in truth they never recovered as the hosts went on to net five more.
Skinner grabbed his second and there were also goals for Sean Hawke and substitute Shane Hawkridge, but the star of the show was clearly Stone, who went on to complete his hat-trick with two stunning strikes from outside the box.
With Phil Anderson and Dave Washington looking solid at the back and Les Lewis and Aston controlling the midfield, it is clear Bar 314 are once again going to take some stopping but they were not the only ones to win big on the opening day, which witnessed a mammoth 52 goals in total.
Dolphin are another team expected to be up there challenging this season and on the evidence of their 7-1 win over Market House it is not hard to see why.
Charlie May, pictured inset right, netted four for the Park Street outfit whose other goals came from Sean Gulliver with a hat-trick.
Perhaps the most impressive display of the day though came from Moby Dick’s as they fought back from three down to win 6-3 against Dolce Vita despite having a man sent off.
Moby’s half-dozen came from Paul Hayers, Jason Razzell and Dan Shepperd with the latter bagging four.
Aura and Sailors Return also hit six in their respective victories over Alex-andra and Bakers Arms but the highest-scoring game of the day bel-onged to Broad-mayne and Radipole.
New to the league, Radipole netted through Antony Crane, Dean Richards and Lee Pattison but it was nowhere near enough in a 9-3 defeat.
RESULTS Weymouth Sunday League Premiership (sponsored by Moby Dick’s): Alexandra 1 Aura 6, Market House 1 Dolphin 7, Moby Dick’s 6 Dolce Vita 3, Radipole 3 Broadmayne 9, Bar 314 9 Britannia 1, Sailors Return 6 Bakers Arms 0.
FIXTURES Sunday: Bakers Arms v Alexandra (St Osmund’s), Britannia v Sailors Return (Grove Corner), Broadmayne v Bar 314 (Broadmayne), Dolce Vita v Radipole (Redlands), Dolphin v Moby Dick’s (Redlands), Lazy Lizard v Market House (Redlands).
n The league began a week later than scheduled due to the withdrawal of three teams in the last couple of weeks leading up to the start of the season.
As a result, the WSFL committee was forced into a late restructure, which eventually saw the Championship merge into the Premiership, creating one just one division.
League chairman Phil Watson told Echosport: “Unfortunately we had three teams withdraw in the lead up to the campaign, two of which were Premiership teams.
“That left only five teams in our top flight, throwing the already constituted league into dis- array.
“Therefore, instead of the scheduled first day of the season, a hastily arranged EGM was called and it was thereby decided by a vote of its members to run the league of 13 teams as one division.
“Fixtures, venues, and referee appointments had to be speedily re-adjusted by secretary Andy Lowe and through his hard work the league was able to commence last weekend.”
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