BRIDPORT RES 1
HAMWORTHY UNITED RES 4
STEVE Crabb suffered extra-time heartache in his final match at the Bees’ helm.
With Saturday’s Magna Dorset Premier League Cup clash level after 90 minutes, visitors Hamworthy United Res-erves bagged three goals in extra-time to book their place in round two.
The 4-1 defeat also marks the end of Crabb and Mark Lock’s two-year tenure with coach Robin Townsend now assuming the reserve-team reins.
Crabb said: “We were 1-0 down at half-time and on chances they probably deserved to be in front. Jamie Fry made a couple of good saves and although we hit the post, on reflection 1-0 to them was fair.
“We were the better side in the second half though, and we scored midway through the half with Jack Scovell making it 1-1.
“We looked the more likely to go on and win but unfortunately we only had one outfield substitute. One of their subs came on and made a big difference once it went to extra-time.
“They made it 2-1 five minutes into extra-time and once we missed a golden chance, with Jack hitting the bar, you could tell they looked the fresher side.
“It was game over at 3-1 but we kept going and were unfortunate to concede another near the end.
“Hamworthy are a much improved side though, with a few new players, and I was quite impressed them.
“However, had it been a league game we would have been disappointed not to have won it, but it wasn’t to be, “The scoreline sounds like a bit of a hiding but we were in the game for long periods and there were plenty of positives to take from it.”
Crabb is now confident the Bees, who host Shaftesbury on Saturday (3pm), will continue to flourish under the guidance of former Lyme boss Townsend.
He added: “He will have his own ideas and he might want to freshen things up but I’m sure he will do a good job.”
Bees: Fry, Stordy, Rowe, A Clarke, Bulman, Hailu, Fleet, Day (Williams 60), Cummings, Gale, Scovell. Sub not used: M Peart.