BALTI Sports surrendered another 3-1 lead as they went down 4-3 to Hamworthy United Reserves in the Dorset Premier League.

The result mirrors Sports’ only league game of January in which they also lost 4-3 to Parley having relinquished a 3-1 advantage.

But against the Hammers’ second string, a Jordan Basing hat-trick proved their undoing after Simon Proffitt, Carl McClements and Danny Andrews had netted. Sam Carter was the Hammers’ other scorer.

Speaking to Echosport, manager Marco Nott, who played in goal after brother Andy fell sick, felt Sports were “getting punished” for their profligacy.

He said: “We’re lacking that confidence to see those games out. It was a carbon-copy of the Parley game. We’ve got to see out and manage games a lot better.

“We’re getting punished for some mistakes and it’s costing us dear. We should be winning those games. It’s been the story of our season, conceding far too many goals.”

Ricky Lane’s cross to Proffitt allowed the defender to nod home from close range for Balti’s opener, before McClements struck a 25-yard effort into the bottom corner for his first goal of the season.

However, a frustrated Nott admitted that Balti ditched their usual style after going 2-0 up, before a moment of controversy turned the tide.

“They weren’t troubling us but we stopped playing our football that was serving us so well. We started playing a few long balls and they caused some trouble down the wings.

“Their lad’s then hit a shot on the edge of the area that went in and in the second half they put a bit of early pressure on.

“I made a save and Charlie Kenderdine got one off the line, but Danny lobbed the keeper for 3-1,” he said.

“The controversial moment of the game was that their striker ran through me, took the ball out of my hands and scored. It was a blatant free-kick. Liam Taylor got frustrated and was sin-binned for shouting ‘ref’. From there it was an uphill task.

“They put a ball into the back post where Liam would have been and scored with a header to make it 3-3.

“The fourth goal was the same. We got Liam back on the pitch but they put a corner in at the back post and their lad scored a hat-trick – they saw out the 4-3.

“It’s just that bit of bad luck. That gave the momentum to Hamworthy and they punished us,” he added.

Balti: M Nott, Taylor, Pearce, Anderson, Proffitt, Nichols, Dovell, McClements, Kenderdine, Andrews (Houghton 70), Lane. Subs not used: Burton, Austin


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