JOSH Houghton put in a superb performance, grabbing one goal and two assists, as Balti Sports beat Sherborne Town Reserves 3-0 in the Dorset Premier League.

Houghton, who made a five-hour round trip to play in the game, opened the scoring before goals from Danny Andrews and Sean Zima wrapped up the victory.

A long ball over the top from Phil Anderson was met by Houghton, who raced through, rounded the goalkeeper and fired in after 20 minutes, and Balti took the lead into the break.

Houghton then put in a good ball into the box and Andrews finished well at the far post for his first of the season after 55 minutes.

The last goal came from a Sherborne mistake, with substitute Liam Taylor pressuring well, winning the ball and sliding it to Houghton, who squared it for Zima to fire in after 80 minutes and wrap up a clinical 3-0 victory.

Balti boss Marco Nott told Echosport: “It was an excellent away performance really, it was pretty comfortable throughout, they troubled with a couple of long throws but apart from that we pretty much kept them at bay well.

“Liam O’Shaughnessy, he played left back he is a reserve player, but he was man of the match.

“Overall I think he was outstanding.”

Balti: A Nott, Curran, Walker, Anderson, O’Shaughnessy, Nichols (Moore 55), McClements, Kenderdine, Zima, Houghton, Andrews (Taylor 75)