NEEMO Nixon scored a first-half penalty as Dorset Under-16s saw off Somerset Under-16s at the Specsavers County Ground in the South & West U16s Championship.

Both teams impeccably respected the minutes silence in aid of Somerset Council member Lester Clements who passed away recently.

Somerset started the brighter and enjoyed the majority of the possession in the first half of the match but Dorset were looking to hit Somerset on the break with the pace of Cameron Munn, Ollie Wilson and Nixon.

Dorset created the first chance of the game but Somerset goalkeeper Cameron Pike made a couple of good saves.

Somerset were also finding Dorset gloveman Harry Phillips in equally good form, denying chances from James Noad and James Horricks.

In the last minute of the half Munn raced through before being tripped in the area for a penalty and Nixon stepped up to score from the spot.

The second half started as the weather continued to get worse and it was a credit to both teams in trying and play passing football in the conditions.

Both defences were looking solid and both teams struggled to break through, Dorset limiting Somerset to a few long-range efforts in closing the win out.

Unbeaten Dorset play their last game, away to Berkshire and Buckinghamshire on Sunday, March 24 knowing that a single point will be enough secure the title.

Meanwhile, Elliot Jones was declared Dorset player of the year. Elliot will receive his prestigious award at the Dorset County FA’s Volunteer of the Year evening on Friday, April 26.