BALTI Sports manager Marco Nott believes Westland Sports are a “very hard team to beat” ahead of their Dorset Premier League clash today (3pm).

Nott’s men are looking to back up last week’s 2-1 win over Shaftesbury Reserves, while Westland travel to Weymouth College fresh from a 2-0 victory at Bournemouth Sports.

Nott said: “They’re consistently in the top three – a very hard team to beat.

“They’re well organised and have a threat going forward with Josh Payne. They’re a solid all-round package – they don’t concede many and they score a few.

“Them, Merley and Ham Rec are the outstanding teams in the league.”

Sean Zima (calf) and Ryan Dovell (unavailable) miss out, while Sammy Nichols is suspended until October 17 for improper conduct.

Midfielders Ethan Devaney and Carl McClements return.

Meanwhile, Dorchester Sports’ boss Ashley James insists his side’s approach will not change at Bridport Reserves (3pm), despite a 4-0 defeat to Merley on the opening day.

“We’ve got to approach it the same,” he said.

“If we go out exactly the same against Bridport we’ll be hopeful we can make a breakthrough this time and see where it takes us.

“Anything less than we gave against Merley and we’ll come unstuck again, so it’s the same plan.

“Start quick, get after Bridport and hope for a better outcome.”

Striker Alex Stafie has left the club, but Portland United forward Alex Godfrey comes in.