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Westland Sports boss is refusing to set sights lower than top three

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

  • ATTACKING TUSSLE: Westland Sports goal-scorer Andy Smith fends off the attentions of a Sturminster Newton United man in the Dorset County League Senior Division. Sam Farthing joined Smith on the score sheet as twin brother Stu's team triumphed 3-1 to end a run of back-to-back defeats. Pictures by Laura Jones WGLJ20120929F

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WESTLAND Sports boss Stu Smith believes his team can finish in the top three of the Dorset County League Senior Division this season despite a lack of strength in depth.

The Yeovil side are currently eighth in the division after four games, with two wins and two losses to their name so far.

Former reserves manager Smith, who took up the challenge of managing the first team following the resignation of former boss Kevin Leigh in the summer, claimed his side are the team to beat this season but acknowledged that they must learn to win ugly.

He said: "I like to approach every game believing we can win it. I would like to think we can beat every team in this league at least once this season and if we are not in the top three this season we will be disappointed.

"I think we are the best footballing side in this division but we are also quite naïve as well. We have got to learn how to change things if it is not working for us. Sometimes we have to realise that we might have to play ugly.

"We are positive at the moment but we have not got a massive squad. We do not have a reserves side and we cannot have six players sitting on the bench every week so we normally have a bench of three. If we get a couple of injuries we could really struggle so fingers crossed we can keep everyone fit."

Sports returned to winning ways after back-to-back defeats in the league with a 3-1 victory over Sturminster Newton United on Saturday. Smith praised his team's character after coming from 1-0 behind to win the game, with Andy Smith and Sam Farthing (2) netting for the hosts.

"We did not start very well," he said. "It was quite windy and we were playing into it and we struggled to get in the game to begin with, but we showed a bit of character to get back to 2-1 at half time. The second half was a lot easier with the wind and we could have won 5-1 with the chances we had.

"It was a good performance. Sturminster are the best team we have played so far. They are definitely the youngest and most mobile side we have faced. They will beat a lot of teams this season and I am sure they will be up there this season."

On striker Farthing's contribution, Smith continued: "Sam is pretty special. He has got the kind of attitude which means you do not really have to manage. It is great that we have got him here."

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