DORCHESTER Sports lost the chance to top the Dorset Premier League at Christmas after a comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Hamworthy United Reserves.

Sports applied all the early pressure, dominating possession, but could not find a way past the Hamworthy defence who intercepted their diagonal crosses with ease.

But Ashley James’ men did create what was to prove their best chance of the game in the 20th minute when Will Turland was played through on goal, but missed the target under pressure from the covering defender.

In-form Sam Carter forced a brilliant save from Taylor Hibbs, who then got back to his feet to somehow keep the scores level by saving the rebound.

In the 38th minute, the hosts’ momentum was rewarded with a defensive error allowing Carter to notch his eighth goal in three games by slamming the ball into the top corner from six yards.

Sports lost Jamie Symes to the sin-bin and they promptly conceded a second when Hamworthy constructed a superb team goal.

Beginning with goalkeeper Tom Sonner, a neat pass was put through to the overlapping Liam Lindsay who crossed first time for Jordan Basing to tap in and make the score 2-0 before half-time.

Hibbs helped keep the scores level early in the second half with a couple of good saves but went one better with an incredible stop from George Deem at almost point-blank range.

Hamworthy added a third when Kyle Spyers played a quick one-two with Deem allowing Spyers to shoot into the bottom left corner in the 92nd minute.

Speaking to Echosport after the game, Sports’ boss James felt his side needed to keep their “heads up”.

He said: “It was a very bad day at the office. We just weren’t ourselves, we defeated ourselves and lost our discipline, it wasn’t really us.

“We didn’t really get going, it was disappointing. We’ve been on such a good run of form but it wasn’t our day. From minute one they were the deserved winners.

“We didn’t really create anything. Will had a good chance in the first half but he put it wide. That was probably one of our only clear cut chances. We had Taylor who made four or five good saves to keep the score from being pretty embarrassing.

“We’ve got to keep our heads up. Obviously we can’t go in top at Christmas which would have been a good thing to have.”