DORCHESTER Sports continued their strong start to the Dorset Premier League season with a 3-0 victory at bottom side Wareham Rangers.

Victory elevated Sports to fifth in the table after seven games and the platform for the win was founded on a blistering first half in which Sports took the lead after 10 minutes.

Will Gould and Jamie Rawlings combined on the left, gaining ground before finding Gareth Will who set up on loan Dorchester Town man Oli Lowes to slot home, finishing off a flowing one-touch move.

Lowes was in fine fettle and conjured a goal from nothing soon afterwards, collecting a throw before spinning and lashing home into the bottom corner from a wide angle to claim his fourth goal in five games.

Will could have added to the scoreline but missed a couple of half-chances, firing over twice.

Sports, who were led by assistant-manager Steve Churchill, then put the result beyond doubt as early as the 30th minute.

Jamie Samways was the scorer, curling home a free-kick from 25 yards straight into the top corner as Sports notched their third goal in 20 minutes.

Sports’ momentum continued into the second half as sub Brandon Heal crashed an effort against the bar.

Lowes was later denied a hat-trick as the loanee Magpie brought a good save from the Wareham goalkeeper, Rangers scrapping until the final whistle.

Rangers did fashion several late openings but Sports snuffed out the danger, Ben Thomas twice making excellent blocks and Samways also thwarting the hosts, who slipped to their seventh straight defeat.

Speaking to Echosport, Churchill said: “We’ve got a lot more depth to the squad this year. It’s easier to keep the momentum going than it was previously.

“First half we were very good in general, second half we went off the tempo a little bit but we managed the game well.

“They did have chances in the second half, they were a lot more of a threat, but we defended well. The whole back four were really good.

“It’s always a tough one (against Wareham). We wanted to get in there and out with three points. We didn’t mind if it was scrappy or not. As it turns out, we played some good stuff.”

Sports next host Christchurch in the FA Vase second qualifying round on Saturday (3pm).

Sports: Turner, Hill, A Gould, B Thomas, W Gould, Rawlings (Heal 70), Samways, Wash, Quinton (J Steele 60), G Will, Lowes. Sub not used: Churchill


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