JOHN Cook’s strike with one of the last kicks of the game handed Balti Sports a disappointing 4-3 loss away to Parley Sports, despite Balti having led 3-1 with half an hour to play in the Dorset Premier League.

The defeat extends Balti Sports’ winless run to six games in the league and leaves them ninth in the table with 27 points.

Balti took the lead in the 27th minute after Ricky Lane went around Parley goalkeeper Brad Kenrick who brought him down resulting in a penalty that Lane fired into the net.

In the 33rd minute, Balti doubled their lead as a fine cross from Liam Taylor into the back post found Danny Andrews who volleyed home. 

The momentum was punctured in the closing moments of the first half as a long ball from Tommy Freeman found Mike La Ronde who headed home to narrow the margin.

Balti managed to extend their lead in the second half as they went 3-1 up after 50 minutes following a Lane corner which found Phil Anderson who hooked the ball with his right foot into the net.

Parley then began their comeback as Dan Austin went to clear the ball which went under his foot and went through to Ben Bosley who tucked in for 3-2.

Parley equalised after they intercepted a crossfield ball and hit Balti on the counter as substitute Jack Voisey rounded goalkeeper Andy Nott and shot into the net.
With one of the last kicks of the game, the ball was drilled across the Balti box and it fell to Cook who sealed the win for Parley.

This followed a spell of pressure in which Balti had chances to but could not clear the ball as the game finished 4-3 to the home side.

Balti manager Marco Nott said: “It was a disappointing result really, the lads had done so well. 

“It was a really good performance up until the hour mark.

“As the game went on about an hour into it we just started dropping back and we made a couple of silly mistakes for a couple of the goals.”

The game was one of only two not to be postponed in the Dorset Premier League on Saturday and Nott admitted the conditions were not great.

Nott said: “The game should not have been on really, the pitch was really pretty bad but that was not an excuse for how we lost, it was good that we managed to get the game on and out of the way.”

Balti Sports: Nott, Pearce, Austin, Anderson, Roberts, Taylor, Devaney (Zima 75), McClements (Burton 85), Kenderdine, Lane, Andrews (Houghton 70)