STRUGGLERS Bemerton Heath Harlequins crashed to a third straight defeat after losing a Bank Holiday Monday bonanza to plucky Verwood Town.

Ian Chalk’s men were left kicking their heels once again, following last week’s defeats to Blackfield and Langley and Moneyfields, when Town walked away 3-4 victors.

Prolific non-leaguer Scott Joyce, Ollie Roe and Joseph Spratt found the net for Harlequins but braces from Dan Munday and Jordan Fisk saw the Potters edge the seven-goal battle in Wessex Premier.

“We look very low on confidence at the moment due to so many issues,” Chalk lamented.

“I knew this season would be difficult after losing so many players but if we took half our chances in all the games we would have won the majority.

“We also had half the side suffering from bank holiday hangovers, whereas Verwood looked a lot fresher.

“Our aim this season was to rebuild and survive.

“We need to show a lot more if we are to achieve both.”

Meanwhile, Chalk’s opposite number Carl Poore was left delighted with his team’s third win of the new campaign.

“I was absolutely delighted with how we approached the game, the lads showed a great deal of self belief.

“They realised they would have to be strong and physical to get anything because we were up against a team of very experienced players.

“To be fair to Bemerton, they did create a number of chances but so did we.

“They threw a lot at us towards the end of the game but we coped very well.”

  • Bemerton, who have re-signed Neil Williams from undefeated Blackfield, host Bournemouth Poppies in the FA Cup Preliminary Round on Saturday (3pm), while Verwood don’t play until September 6 against Horndean.