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DSL ROUND-UP: Islanders suffer Grove nightmare
4:36pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Hampshire Sport
Dorset Senior League
PORTLAND UNITED RES 1 STURMINSTER MARSHALL 5
THE Blues endured an afternoon to forget in their first home game of the season against Sturminster Marshall.
Not even a fine strike from Simon Crouch could lift the gloom for the islanders as Chris Hicks explained.
“We had a strong squad out so we had no excuses,” said the Portland joint-boss. “It was massively disappointing all-round and the lads know they let themselves down.
“There were too many individual errors and poor decisions, and ultimately they cost us dearly.
“However, the most disappointing thing was the overall attitude because as soon as we went a couple of goals down, everybody seemed to throw the towel in.
“The players know they messed up and the majority of them are old enough and big enough to put it right in the next game.”
Commenting on Crouch’s strike, Hicks added: “He chested the ball down and then struck a fine shot past the keeper.
“It was an excellent finish and the only high point of the afternoon.”
Blues: Bickerstaff, Skelton, Bessant (Hicks 85), Burton, Stroud (Evans 75), Hansford, Turrell, Turner, Churchill, Boatswain, Crouch (Wytch 80).
CHICKERELL UNITED 1 STURMINSTER NEWTON 0
STEVE Welch was once again the hero for the Chickens as they continued their 100 per cent start to the season with a slender victory over Sturminster Newton United.
The hosts had to soak up a lot of pressure in the encounter before eventually grabbing the winner in the closing stages.
Chickerell boss Steve Coward said: “Somehow we walked away with the three points from a really poor game.
“We didn’t play very well and were under the cosh for 70 minutes. However, the lads dug in and in the end we managed to nick a winner with five minutes remaining, when Steve looped a header over their keeper after good work from Josh Why.
“That is now seven goals in three games for Steve, who has started the season really well.”
The game also witnessed the return to action of Warren White following a long lay-off.
Coward added: “Warren played 25 minutes and looked good, particularly after such a long absence. He has been recovering from a heart condition over the past couple of years and it was great to see him back.”
Chickens: Boore, S Lambert, Coles, Miles, Guilbert, D Welch (White 65), Campbell-Bell, S Welch, Falcus (M Lambert 40), Why, Stone.
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