Sports can’t break Royals’ blockade

HIT A POST: Sports’ Sam Culpin

HIT A POST: Sports’ Sam Culpin

First published in Football Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by

WEYMOUTH SPORTS 0 BLANDFORD UTD RES 0

WEYMOUTH Sports were unable to break Blandford United Reserves down on a frustrating afternoon at Cranford Avenue.

Still smarting from their 8-2 defeat at Piddletrenthide United on the opening day, the Royals battened down the hatches in this Dorset Senior League encounter and the hosts failed to find a way through despite dominating possession.

Sports’ joint-manager Chris Hicks said: “It was disappointing and a little frustrating to be honest.

“It was disappointing because we were not really at it. In terms of energy levels and commitment it was not good enough but having said that we were still very comfortable.

“Glen Dear did not have a save to make and in the end it was frustrating we didn’t get the win.”

He went on to add: “Due to their result the previous week, they set up in a rigid 4-5-1 formation and rarely ventured forward and we struggled to break them down. And even when we did we lacked a bit of composure in front of goal to take advantage.

“Sam Culpin struck a shot against a post in the first half before their keeper came rushing out of his box and deliberately handled the ball to stop Russ Green getting away.

“In the end the referee only gave him a yellow card but on another day that might have been red even though there were a couple of defenders chasing back.

“After the break we then created quite a few half chances with Robbie Rolls, Chucky Taylor and Shaun Bessant all having efforts but we just couldn’t turn our possession into goals.”

Sports travel to Piddle-trenthide on Saturday where they will no doubt look to pick up their first victory following back-to-back draws.

Sports: Dear, Stroud, Bessant, Windust (Dunlop 46), Hicks, Miles-Bell (Rolls 60), S Walker, Dixon, Culpin, Green (Taylor 70), Evans.

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