BALTI Sports manager Marco Nott conceded Hamworthy Rec were a “tremendous opponent” ahead of their clash at Hamworthy Club tomorrow (2pm).
Table tops Ham Rec have won the last two Dorset Premier League titles, winning each of their last eight games and building a six-point lead over Merley and Dorchester Sports.
Balti lost 6-0 at home to Rec in August and Nott is well aware of the quality Kirk Grice’s promotion team possesses.
Balti were losing 4-2 at Sherborne Reserves in their last game before a medical emergency forced the game to be abandoned – with Balti trailing 4-0 at half-time.
He told Echosport: “Ham Rec seems to have been in top form for six years, he’s a formidable opponent.
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“They are by far the best dogs, since we have been in the DPL for six or seven years. Merley has been in competition with them and is still there this year.
“But it’s a very difficult task ahead of us and if we play something like the first half (at Sherborne) defensively it will be double digits.
“I just hope the penny is dropped. We had a huge argument at half-time on Saturday and we had a reaction.
“We have to be absolutely 100% and on our A-game to get anything out of this game. They are a class team and they deserve to go up, they have won the league so many times.
“Obviously it depends on the league positions between them and Dorch but I think they were a bit disappointed not to come up last year.
“It’s their time to step up and that would give everyone else a chance.”
Balti welcome back striker Ricky Lane and right-back Che Curran, while midfielder Sammy Nichols is absent. Carl McClements (toe) is back and Stef Stavrianos (knee) is set to return.