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FOOTBALL: Bridport Reserves suffer second-half capitulation
7:00pm Monday 21st October 2013 in Sport
MERE TOWN 6 BRIDPORT RESERVES 1
A SECOND-HALF capitulation saw Bridport Reserves suffer a heavy defeat at Mere Town.
The Bees made a bright start and deservedly took the lead through Adam Steele, but they failed to add to that before the break and paid the price when individual errors crept into their play in the second half.
Bridport manager Robin Town-send said: “In the first half we were pretty good.
“We had a 15-minute period where we were excellent and deservedly went ahead when Ben Clarke had a shot saved and Adam Steele found the top corner from the rebound.
“Russell Legg then suffered a head injury, which led to a six-minute delay, but when he bravely returned all bandaged up, we still had chances with Harry Fleet somehow missing from three yards.
“It remained 1-0 at half-time and at that point we looked like the only team that were going to score.
“However, for whatever reason, we then made four individual errors in the second half and suddenly we were 4-1 down.
“I am not going to give you names but two of them came from the same player and after that we just folded, which was very disappointing.
“They then went on to get two more and to make matters worse we also had a man sent off when Tristan Gale left his foot in when he didn’t need to.
“I’m not sure whether it was a sending off or not, as I was quite a way away, but it was a fairly physical game throughout and I think the referee just felt enough was enough.
“The fact we capitulated like that was strange because that just isn’t like us, but all we can do now is try and put it behind us and move on.”
The Bees have now taken just 18 points from 13 games and Townsend admits they need to start improving quickly or face a season of mid-table mediocrity.
He added: “We are a typical reserve team at the moment, a bit Jekyll and Hyde, and we need to put that right.
“Jack Scovell and Gary Bulman were both missing at Mere but two men do not make a team and the lads know they should have done a lot better.
“Hopefully we can put it right in the next game and start putting a bit of a run together.”
Next up in the Bespoke Team-wear Dorset Premier League for the seventh-placed Bees is a home clash against Poole Borough on Saturday.
Bees: B Fleet, Day, King (Cummings 70), A Clarke, Stewart, H Fleet, Legg (Jones 70), Steele, C Bulman, B Clarke, Gale.
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