LEE Cuff saved a penalty as Bridport Reserves snatched a single-goal victory at Tintinhull in the Magna Dorset Premier League.

The stand-in keeper’s stunning first-half save proved a pivotal moment in the game as the Bees went on to secure all three points with a deflected effort from Jamie Morgan. Bridport boss Robin Town-send said: “We did not start particularly well.

“We had a couple of chances early on to get in front but didn’t take them and to be honest we didn’t seem at the races at all.

“They then got a debatable penalty for a push but thankfully Lee pulled off a great save.

“That buoyed us for a bit and in the end Jamie Morgan put us ahead with a shot from 18 yards that found the net following a deflection.

“We then rode our luck a little more until half-time before they went on to batter us in the second half when we kept making individual mistakes and were far too sloppy.

“Any other time it would have probably cost us so it must have just been our day and to come away with the win gives us something else to build on.

“To be in the top five after the first seven games is very pleasing but there is still plenty of room to improve, especially when it comes to killing teams off.”

Going on to comment about Cuff, Townsend added: “They were quite aerial and physical and Lee had the best game I have ever seen him play.

“He was positive, came for everything and with Jamie Fry back for our next game he has certainly given me a difficult decision to make.”

The Bees’ next assignment on Saturday will see them travel to Parley Sports, who sit just one point below them in sixth spot.

Bees: Cuff, Rowe, A Clarke, Day, McAllister, Cummings, Fleet (Williams 80), G Bulman, C Bulman, Morgan (Herbst 75), Gale. Sub not used: M Peart.