BALTI Sports recorded a third win in four games with a comfortable 4-0 victory at Wareham Rangers in the Dorset Premier League.

Marco Nott’s men have only come unstuck against current unbeaten leaders Westland Sports this season and moved into third place with this clinical win.

Key to the triumph was rising star winger Matt Burrows, with a magnificent hat-trick, and goalkeeper Andy Nott, who kept a first clean sheet of the campaign.

Burrows opened the scoring as Balti utilised his electric pace, Sanchez Baker dropping deep to unleash the youngster for a confident early finish.

Balti pressured for a second as Baker drilled over before Jack Drummond cut inside and saw his effort gathered by the Wareham keeper.

Shortly after Balti did go 2-0 up when Burrows latched onto a loose ball in the box to side-foot home.

Wareham wasted a chance to halve the deficit when Andy Nott quickly closed down a one-on-one situation, the Rangers’ striker then miscontrolling the ball out of play.

Burrows showed great composure for his treble in the second half, shifting the ball right to draw an advance from the Wareham keeper and dink a superb chip into the net.

Two minutes after Burrows completed his hat-trick, Drummond pounced on a scuffed clearance to lob the keeper with a stunning first-time effort.

Balti squandered chances for a fifth when Danny Andrews fired over and Baker missed again.

Rangers had the more high-profile misses as two free headers were thumped off target before a one-on-one was lifted over Andy Nott and the bar.

Speaking to Echosport, Balti manager Marco Nott singled out Burrows and his brother Andy for praise.

On Burrows, he said: “He’s a raw talent but he’s got to learn to do it in big games.

“But he’s an absolute talent, he’s got two brilliant feet, pace to die for. I can’t speak any higher of him.

“He trains well, he’s a good kid as well – he’s not a kid with ego and he works hard for the team.

“He gives us a lot of pace going forward, which we haven’t had for a long time. His finishing in general is outstanding. He’s just got to learn to be more consistent.”

On brother Andy, Nott said: “He deserved his clean sheet, it was really pleasing. He’s been out the best part of 10 months.

“For him to come back and perform the way he’s done since his bad ankle injury is credit to him.”

Balti host Bridport Reserves in the Dorset Senior Trophy on Saturday (2.30pm).

Balti: A Nott, Beals, Walker, Taylor, O’Shaughnessy, McClements, Dovell (Curran 70), Andrews, Burrows (Stavrianos 70), Baker, Drummond.


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