DOWNTON came out 3-0 winners over Weymouth Reserves.

The Robins started brightly, and on the front foot from the off, the return of Craig Tyson and a first team debut for Dan Paddington added extra strength in the centre of the park.

Downton’s first real effort came in the 15th minute, when the Weymouth keeper punched a corner clear straight to Tom Aldridge, only to volley his first time effort onto the bar.

On 30 minutes the Robins opened the deadlock. A weak Weymouth clearance saw Tyson run onto the ball and send a real pile driver straight into the top corner.

Prentice and Connelly were a constant threat to the Weymouth defence in the second half. The pace of the front two was too much, and it took 15 minutes for the pair to link up a neat move which saw Prentice thump home.

Downton started to pass the ball with real meaning and Weymouth didn’t move much out of their half . Fresh legs from Harry Crisp and O’Hagen made life more of a misery for the visitors. Ten minutes from the end saw another trade mark header for the player manager Smith, who made no mistake in connecting from a sweetly struck corner from Telfer.

After the game, co-managers Ben Smith and Nigel Green said: “We started this week from the second the whistle went, which is exactly what we asked of them.

“We have set a standard of football which must be kept up if we are to achieve anything and today it looked like everyone was starting to buy into the plan.

“The loan signing of Salisbury Hitman Nathan Connelly is a big boost for us all and we are thankful to Salisbury for letting us have him.”