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FOOTBALL: Spartans storm back to claim three points
WEYMOUTH SPARTANS 3 MILBORNE SPORTS 2
SPARTANS came back from a desperate first-half performance to take the points against Milborne Sports.
The hosts had a torrid time in the first period and Milborne bossed proceedings with a steady flow of attacks towards Clint Coltart’s goal.
However, they lacked a killer instinct as a number of forward surges passed with no end product.
A moment of indecision was punished on 15 minutes though when a ball from deep caught the Spartans’ defence flat-footed and Teejay McFarlane steered home.
Spartans had their chances too and Grant Chance continually caused problems with his guile but all too often the final product was lacking.
But it was a fine Chance set-piece that saw Spartans level the scores. A deep ball into the six-yard box found his partner in crime Marcus Simpson and he flashed a header home.
The long ball stretched Milborne at times and it was their inability to deal with it that was to be their downfall.
But on the half hour another Spartans blunder at the back let Milborne in again. Two players failed to close down Ricky Lane and his cross was headed into his own net by Jack Thompson.
In all fairness, Milborne deserved their lead while Spartans couldn’t wait for half time.
The second period saw the Spartans’ alter ego appear, pressing from the off and getting in the faces of their opponents.
Some over-zealous tackles saw three players enter the book before Chance broke free and squared for Simpson to guide home a deserved equaliser on the hour.
James Parkes was suddenly busy in the Milborne goal, clawing balls out from under his bar on a couple of occasions.
Sean Hawke shot over at the other end when well placed in the box and a great save from Coltart kept the scores level.
Parkes then pushed a James Aldom strike wide before Chance again saw an effort saved.
It was end to end in the closing minutes and you could sense a goal was coming.
Then Chance picked up the ball after the impressive Cormac Lochrie had halted a promising Sports attack, and his punt over the top saw Dave Washington breach a stretched rearguard to score the winner.
Spartans are fourth in Dorset League Division One after this win while Milborne are seventh.
Spartans: Coltart, Aldom, Kirlew, Washington, Williams, Thompson, Lochrie, Dunne, Howes (Walsh), Simpson, Chance. Subs not used: Pavey, Campbell-Bell
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