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FOOTBALL: Townsend's men pay the penalty
BLANDFORD UNITED 1 BRIDPORT RESERVES 0
ROBIN Townsend felt Bridport played their best football under his command at Blandford – sadly it still wasn’t good enough to prevent the hosts edging a narrow win.
The Bees’ boss saw his side spurn chance after chance throughout the Dorset Premier League clash, culminating with substitute Sam Day missing an 85th-minute penalty.
Other than their wayward finishing, Townsend couldn’t fault his players and praised Day for stepping up to take the spot-kick when a number of his team-mates decided they weren’t up to the task.
“It was no fault of Sam’s, at least he put his hand up when six or seven others didn’t, and I’d have no qualms with him taking another one,” said Townsend.
On Bridport’s dominance, he added: “The first half an hour was the best I’ve seen us play since I came to the club – we were absolutely fantastic.
“The only trouble was we couldn’t put the ball into the net and that’s the most important part of the whole game.
“We must have had at least a dozen great chances from six to 10 yards where we only had to beat the keeper but didn’t.
“For the amount of chances we created we were superb and apart from their goal we didn’t let them create anything.
“They scored from a corner and we had about four chances to clear the ball. It fell to one of their lads and he toe-poked it in from six yards.
“We came in at half-time very disappointed. If we’d scored one we would probably have had a hat full.”
He went on to add: “Blandford changed their style of play in the second half to stifle us but we were still able to create chances, we just couldn’t put them away.
“We were very disappointed not to get something out of it, but at least we were creating things, it would have been very disheartening if we hadn’t.
“Chris Senior and Matt Cond-liffe came in from the first-team squad and did well, while Harry Fleet was unbelievable for us and his all-round game was great.
“And there was a nice touch from their manager after the game when he said we were the best team they had played so far this season.”
Bees: B Fleet, Senior (Stordy 75), A Clarke, King, H Fleet, Bulman, Jones (Day 65), Steele, Condliffe, Gale (Scovell 60), B Clarke
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