DORCHESTER Sports were condemned to a late 2-1 loss for a second straight game as Dorset Premier League leaders Westland Sports continued their perfect record this season.

Ashley James’ men had chances to score when level at 1-1 and were ultimately punished as the Yeovil-based table toppers scored a cruel deflected winner.

Defeat in Somerset followed last week’s 2-1 reverse at Blandford United as Sports were stunned by the 10-man Royals’ fightback from one goal down.

Sports looked set to overturn a 1-0 deficit after Westland scored in the 19th minute, Steve Ormrod waltzing down the right before his deflected shot deceived keeper Antony Frost.

Alex Godfrey ensured the Dorset side were only behind for seven minutes as he showed deadly instincts to bury Gareth Will’s cutback.

Westland nearly regained the lead just before half-time when a shot wobbled the crossbar, but after the break James’ men wrestled back control.

Jamie Symes could not connect with a dangerous Darren Watts cross and saw another chance go begging when he shot straight at the home keeper.

Westland capitalised – fortuitously – when Jonny Manley's heavily-deflected free-kick beat Frost in the 76th minute.

Renowned as one of the better defensive sides in the league, Westland withstood late pressure from the Dorchester squad to take a fourth successive win.

Speaking to Echosport post-match, James felt his side had done enough to win.

“We were the better side,” he insisted. “It was exactly the same as last week, which is disappointing and hard to take.

“We’ve got to take it on the chin and go again.

“We knew we were the better side and deserved more than no points.

“We created a lot of chances – they had very little. Unfortunately a wicked deflection has ended up in the back of the net.

“It’s another game where we’ve come away with nothing. It’s not really deserved but we’ve got to accept it.”

James added: “The confidence is still there, which is pleasing and (the players) are still together.

“We know it’s only a matter of time before we pick up a positive result and the performance (at Westland) was positive.

“We know if we keep playing like that the results will come. At the moment it’s not quite falling our way.

“To lose to two deflected goals in two weeks away from home is hard to take when we were the better side in both games.

“You’ve just got to hope that you get the rub of the green in the next few weeks.”

Dorchester Sports: Frost, Bessant, Anstey, (B Thomas 78), A Gould, Sibley, Watts, Samways (Heal 78), G Will, Hewitt (Gosney 65), Godfrey, Symes.


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