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Teejay’s treble stops rot for Sports
KINGSTON LACY 2 WEYMOUTH SPORTS 3
TEEJAY Smith-McFarlane bagged a first-half hat-trick as Weymouth Sports finally put an end to an eight-game winless run.
Sports pretty much led all the way in this Dorset Senior League encounter but Kingston Lacy refused to lie down and even resorted to dishing out some heavy treatment in the closing stages in a desperate bid to try and snatch a point.
“Everyone played really well and the attitude was excellent again, and it needed to be because it got a bit brutal towards the end,” said Sports’ joint-manager Chris Hicks.
“Their manager came on and just wanted to kick anyone in sight and the referee ended up losing his grip on the game a little bit.
“We managed to dig in and hang on though and although this victory has been a long time in coming it has been on the cards for a while.
“I am just thankful that something has at last gone our way.”
Smith-McFarlane put Sports two up in the opening 15 minutes. First, he lobbed the home stopper following a fine flick-on from Andy Cleal, before he then struck a superb shot into the corner after producing a sublime turn.
A bit of a mix-up then enabled Lacy to pull one back through Simon Dyer before Smith-McFarlane regained his side’s two-goal advantage with a stunning third, which saw him race on to a through ball and smash the ball over the keeper’s head.
After the break, Sports had several chances to put the game to bed but a contentious handball decision in the end left them hanging on.
Dyer duly stuck away the resulting penalty but Lacy were unable to find an equaliser despite their often overzealous efforts.
Hicks added: “One of their lads headbutted Shaun Bessant, Dan Floyd got a whack on the back of the head and I got kicked a few times, so it wasn’t very nice, but the important thing was the three points.
“Teejay will grab the headlines and rightly so because he was fantastic.
“Each goal was better than the previous one and his partnership with Andy Cleal looks very encouraging indeed.
“It was also great having Steve Alcock at the back again. His experience and talking was excellent in what was just a great all-round team performance.
“Other results also went our way again so it has certainly released a bit of pressure and at the same time hopefully given us the confidence to go on and build on it.”
Sports remain 12th but are now four points clear of the bottom two and just three adrift of Blandford United Reserves, who occupy the place above them.
Sports: Floyd, Stroud, Bessant, Alcock, Hicks, Bastick, Austin (Thomas 60), Connor, Dixon, Smith-McFarlane, Cleal (Green 80).