CHICKERELL United suffered a comprehensive 4-1 defeat at Tisbury United with Lee Gale amassing a four-goal haul in the Dorset Senior League.

Chickerell had a poor start but held off their opponents for the first half an hour before Gale grabbed his first.

Tisbury got down the left-hand side before switching the play over to the right-hand side where Gale was able to shoot in from 20 yards out.

Another mistake allowed Gale to get through and seal a first-half brace five minutes before the break.

However, the Chickens came out firing in the second half and were vastly improved as the game became pretty even despite the scoreline.

Still they could not prevent Gale from claiming his hat-trick after Shane James mis-timed a clearance from a Tisbury goal-kick which allowed Gale one-on-one with Ian Bickerstaff in the Chickens’ goal which he fired into with aplomb.

Bickerstaff then made the error by accidentally passing to Gale from a goal-kick and he subsequently ran through and fired in well for his fourth goal.

The Chickens grabbed a goal back however.

The visitors changed their formation and it paid dividends with a great move down the right-hand side where a cross came in towards the back post, where Dylan Ellis took a touch and fired in for his first goal for Chickerell.

However, given the big deficit the visitors were unable to drag themselves further back into the contest as it ended in a comprehensive 4-1 victory for the home side.

As a result, the Chickens are fifth in the table, with two wins and a loss from their opening three matches, while their opponents Tisbury leap to second in the table.

Chickerell manager Shaun Murphy, said: “Bad result, bad day at the office, one we are just going to have to put behind us and move on to next week.

“I would put it down to too many mistakes, too many wrong decisions (from the players) we just did not turn up basically.

“The other team wanted it more than us.

“All over the pitch we were making the wrong decisions, wrong passes, awkward passes.

“I cannot fault their effort. Their effort was still there.”

Chickerell are next in action with a derby when they host Dorchester Sports Reserves on Saturday (3pm).

Chickerell: Bickerstaff, Cracknell, Rogers, James, Sandeman (Coles 45), Dewey (Miller 45), Harvey, Welch, McCarthy (Ellis 45), Voss, Etherington.


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