BALTI Sports are eager to banish another poor record at Bournemouth Sports in the Dorset Premier League tomorrow (2pm).

Balti are winless in five games at Chapel Gate stretching back to 2015, scoring in just one of those clashes.

Drawing 0-0 last season, Balti had previously lost 6-0, 4-3 and drew 0-0 before slipping to a 2-0 loss in the 2015/16 campaign.

But Balti broke a bad string of results at Holt last time out, beating the Bulls 3-2.

Speaking to Echosport, Balti manager Marco Nott said: “We drew 0-0 there last year and that’s the best it’s got for us.

“It’s a very difficult game and we always seem to play them as the first game of the 2 o’clock kick-offs as well, randomly.

“They’ve got a solid all-round team with good strikers and busy midfielders and they’re pretty decent at the back.

“Hopefully we should have a little more confidence from last week. This squad is good enough to beat anyone on its day when they apply themselves properly.

“They did that last Saturday and hopefully they’ll do that (tomorrow).”

Balti are without Ethan Devaney, Che Curran (groin), Charlie Kenderdine (knee) and Ryan Dovell (foot).

Striker Danny Andrews and midfielder Sean Zima both return with Jack Taylor dropping down to the reserves.

Meanwhile, Dorchester Sports tackle Wareham Rangers in Purbeck tomorrow (2pm).

Sports’ boss Ashley James is wary of potential boggy conditions after near constant rain this week.

“In these conditions, any grass pitch away from home, it’s difficult,” he said.

“A lot of the time there’s no advantage in these conditions. We’re going to have to put in another really good performance to get the points.”

Sports are beginning to put a sequence of results together after a 1-1 draw at Portland United Reserves backed up a 2-1 home win over Sturminster Newton.

“We’re playing OK in spells – there’s a lot of improvement needed,” James added.

“It’s still early days. We brought in three of four players without having a pre-season, so we’ve had that mini pre-season with them now – albeit they were league games.

“Now it’s time to put in a proper performance and stick the ball in the back of the net, that’s been our biggest problem.

“I think it’s (seven) goals in the league. It’s not enough.

“With the attacking players we’ve got on the pitch we should be doing it.

“We’ll keep working on it. Hopefully it will click and we can put (away) some of the chances we are creating.”

Darren Watts and Ash Smith are unavailable. Alex Godfrey and Alex Gould are rated at 50/50 with calf strains.

Brandon Heal (ankle) and Jake Mansley (knee) will be assessed.


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