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BEES: Condliffe pounces to rescue Bridport
BRIDPORT 1 SLIMBRIDGE 1
MATT Condliffe made the most of a defensive blunder to earn Bridport a point at St Mary’s Field.
It was about as much as the Bees deserved and manager Trevor Senior admitted after-wards his side hadn’t played well enough to win.
Jamie Martin gave the visitors the lead in spectacular fashion with half an hour on the clock, curling the ball over Sam Filkins from around 25 yards out.
Bridport had chances to level in the second half and, after Tom Richardson had struck an upright, Condliffe capitalised on a mix-up between Slimbridge keeper Dave Evans and defender Leon Sterling to equalise in the 77th minute.
Senior will want to see a lot more from his men tomorrow night when they host Willand Rovers (7.45pm), who exited the FA Vase on Saturday.
“We didn’t play well and there were too many players off their game,” said Senior following the Bees’ draw.
“We huffed and puffed in the first half and had a go in the second half, but we didn’t create too much and our goal came through Matt Condliffe chasing a lost cause.
“There wasn’t that tempo about us, and we didn’t have that fight and desire really.
“We started alright but began to lose our way before they got the goal.
“I don’t think Sam Filkins had many saves to make and he couldn’t do anything about their goal – it was an opportunist strike.
“I thought their lad got too much space to turn in the first place but it was still 25 yards out.”
He went on to add: “It’s about confidence. We’ve only won two or three games and we’re lacking confidence.
“It was disappointing but trying to look at it positively, it’s the start of a good run.
“Odd Down were a far better side than Slimbridge but we competed with them and didn’t get anything out of that.”
Several Bridport players were in the wars at the weekend with striker Ryan Dovell forced off with a facial injury in the first half.
Right-back Chris Senior, in for Jamie Filkins, took a bang to his ankle before the break and was replaced later on with Mark Scott making his debut after joining from Chard.
Chris Clarke impressed at left-back but he was suffering with a tight hamstring at the end having put in a lot of work throughout the game.
Will Wellon should have put Slimbridge in front just five minutes in but after he swung at thin air instead of the ball the home side put together some nice passing moves and Clarke nearly got on the end of a Condliffe cross.
Martin hadn’t long received a caution when he rifled the ball past Filkins and that was how it stayed until the interval with Max Buckler replacing Dovell seven minutes before the break.
Bridport weren’t having much luck and, soon after the restart, Richardson’s attempt came back of a post and was cleared by Wellon.
The visitors should have sealed the win with 15 minutes to go but Paul Carter wasted a great chance from 10 yards.
Then an innocuous-looking ball into the Slimbridge box saw a breakdown in communication between Evans and Sterling and Condliffe nipped in to make it 1-1.
Buckler may even have won it for Bridport in injury time only for his effort to deflect off a defender for a corner.
Bees: S Filkins, Senior (Scott 73), C Clarke, Evans, Watts, Hayter, Luke, Wise, Richardson (Morley 73), Dovell (M Bucker 38), Condliffe Attendance: 135 Match sponsor: Fowler Hire & Sales
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