BALTI Sports were pegged back by a 91st-minute equaliser from Bournemouth Sports in their Dorset Premier League duel at Weymouth College.

Marco Nott’s men remain unbeaten in 11 league games, drawing five of them, and a failure to convert chances ultimately allowed Bournemouth Sports back into this contest.

Balti nearly made a bright start through striker Ricky Lane, who hammered an effort against the side-netting in the first minute.

The visitors, who this season changed their name from Parley Sports, steadily grew into the game but Lane conjured the next two shots at goal, aiming wide of the target on both occasions.

Persistence paid off for Balti who took a 1-0 lead midway through the half, albeit in fortuitous circumstances.

Midfielder Sean Zima fired in a cross but his delivery drifted into the net at the back post via the head of a retreating defender.

After the break, Balti forward Danny Andrews shot wide on the right but the major chance for the hosts to seal victory came for Josh Houghton.

Racing clean through on goal, the substitute striker had only the keeper to beat but could only thump his effort against the onrushing gloveman.

Balti’s failure to kill the game was seized upon by their opponents in injury-time, with a marauding run from centre-back connecting with striker Ben Bosley who controlled before slotting past home stopper Andy Nott.

Balti did win two corners in the dying embers but could not fashion a chance as the visitors took a share of the points.

“It felt like a loss,” Balti boss Nott told Echosport: “It was a difficult game – to be honest, our passing was terrible.

“We created a number of chances but didn’t play our normal game. We defended well and looked solid at the back but we were erratic in our passing.

“Having said that, we missed six or seven clear-cut chances to kill the game off. It was our own fault.

“They always looked dangerous with a few half-chances that were going over the bar. Then they got their goal with about two minutes to go.

“We’re obviously unbeaten, which is great, but it’s another draw which is a bit frustrating.

“I’d say it’s two points dropped. Bournemouth are a good side this year, don’t get me wrong. It was just the manner of how we drew that game and the chances we missed.

“If we scored that second goal it would have been game over because we were defending really well. We just couldn’t get it and then they punished us.”

Balti: A Nott, Curran, Anderson, S Walker, Taylor, Zima, Andrews (O’Shaughnessy 60), McClements, Kenderdine, Devaney (Stavrianos 75), Lane (Houghton 60). Subs not used: M Nott, Burton


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