DORCHESTER Sports secured a superb victory over last year’s champions Holt United in the Dorset Premier League.

The result sees Sports hold on to their lead at the top of the table although other teams can overtake them with games in hand.

Jamie Samways scored the all-important winner in the 68th minute to secure a sixth straight victory for the table-toppers.

His superb shot from 20 yards out crashed off a post and in to give Sports the lead.

The first half was end to end but was dominated by both defences as chances came and went.

Sports’ goalkeeper Sam Turner gave a superb performance in the first half as three times Holt broke through the defence to go one-on-one and each time he saved to keep the Bulls out.

The home side had the better of the first-half chances but Sports’ defence was in inspired form.

The second half saw a similar affair and keeper Turner was again called into action when he faced a shot that hit the ground before bouncing up and, despite it seemingly heading for the top corner, he forced it over.

Holt responded by putting the defence under serious pressure as they had to hold on.

The home side had two great players up front who proved a danger but Sports held firm against them.

Holt pushed men forward in search of an equaliser as Sports had to attack more on the break for the last 20 minutes of the game, but Sports’ defence proved equal as they held on to the win.

Delighted Sports’ manager Ashley James said: “It was an amazing result and our goalkeeper Sam Turner kept us in the game with three or four really good saves.

James highlighted the defensive efforts saying: “It was backs to the wall, for large parts of the second half and the last 20 min- utes.

“But we defended superbly.

“It was probably one of the best performances I have had managing them for 11 years.

“Considering we had to come here to last year’s champions and have beaten them I would say it is probably our best result.”

Dorchester Sports are next in action when they are away at Hamworthy United Reserves on Saturday, who are currently ninth in the league, 13 points behind Sports.

Sports: Turner, Beasley, Read, Peart (Steele 20), Lochrie, White, Symes, Will (Belt 80), Rawlings, Gathouse (Heal 55), Samways.