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Five-star Wareham leapfrog rivals
6:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Non league football
IT was high-fives all round for Wareham Rangers who moved off the bottom of the table with their first win of the season – a comfortable 5-2 success over Poole Borough.
David Best’s strike was quickly followed by an own goal while Simon Lander’s brace and Duane Hobbs’s effort settled the contest. Ashley Ayley and Aaron Merdew scored for Borough.
Wareham were replaced at the foot of the table by fierce rivals Swanage Town & Herston, who were on the wrong end of another goal fest at Mere Town.
Goals from Paul Best, Ricky King and Joshua Reavenall-Nuete proved in vain as Mere ran out 7-3 winners thanks to a hat-trick from Malachi Benjamin and strikes from Tom Cowley, Nick Hewlett, Jordan Collins and Dwayne Forshaw.
Second-bottom Parley Sports, the only winless side in the league, are now sandwiched between the neighbours after a 1-1 draw against reigning champions Portland United.
The visitors led through Joe Toghill’s 11th-minute strike but James Bailey-Pearce levelled with 15 minutes to play to secure Parley’s seventh draw in 10 league matches.
Cranborne moved out of the bottom two with a 3-1 win against Shaftesbury thanks to Greg O’Mallo (2) and Graham Antell.
At the top of the table, leaders Hamworthy Recreation were pegged back by 10-man Merley Cobham Sports who completed a 2-1 victory at Magna Road.
Merley’s Graham Rose opened the scoring two minutes after the interval and wrapped up the points with nine minutes to play before Rec’s Peter Richmond-Cole grabbed a consolation.
The result left both teams among the early pace-setters with Hamworthy Rec, Portland and Merley level on 20 points.