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Bees: Townsend’s delight despite Fry seeing red
MERLEY COBHAM SPORTS 0 BRIDPORT RESERVES 2
ROBIN Townsend was thrilled to see his Bridport side get their season off to a winning start, but wasn’t so happy with the decision that saw Jamie Fry sent off at Merley Park.
First-half goals from Ben Clarke and Robin Jones – the second coming direct from a corner – were good enough to give the visitors all three points ahead of tonight’s trip to reigning champion Portland United (6.30pm).
However, after picking up a caution before the interval, Fry received another from referee Paul Axon the other side of the break and he is now set to serve a suspension.
There were vehement protestations from Townsend and the rest of the Bridport bench and it was an incident that left a bitter taste in the manager’s mouth on an otherwise good day for his team.
“The referee booked a few of our players in the first half so when they went out for the second half they were walking a bit of a tightrope,” he said.
“Play was near halfway and Jamie stepped over the ball to protect it and the referee said he had fouled their player.
“I didn’t want to have to start off this season having a go at a referee but he didn’t cover himself in glory. I also didn’t think the yellow cards before half-time were bookable tackles and the referee seemed to be the only person to miss a blatant stamp on Chris Herbst.”
He went on to add: Jamie’s red card was very disappointing but, all in all, it was a good team performance and we came away with the three points.
“We’ve got two tough games coming up against Portland and Hamworthy Rec, who are going to be vying for the league, so it was important we got the win at Merley.”
Bridport led on three minutes when Jones set up Clarke and the striker made no mistake in putting the visitors 1-0 up.
The hosts came back into the game without causing Bridport many problems and their advantage was doubled through Jones, whose corner wasn’t dealt with effectively enough by the keeper.
Bees’ number one Billy Fleet im-pressed at the other end as Townsend’s men saw out the second period relatively comfortably despite being down to 10 men.
Bees: B Fleet, Stordy, Day, A Clarke, Fry, H Fleet, Jones (Cummings 65), Herbst, Steele, B Clarke, Gale (Gall 80)
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