BRIDPORT crashed out of the Les Phillips Cup after falling to a 2-1 defeat away to Roman Glass St. George on Wednesday evening.

The Bees were looking to bounce back from two hefty losses where they conceded 18 times, scoring just twice.

The away side played some good football early on in the match. Bridport created a couple of half chances, but all proved fruitless.

The deadlock was broken, however, before half time as the ball was played to Max Westlake on the left-hand side who then worked the ball onto his left foot and shot past the Roman ‘keeper ensuring his side went into half-time 1-0 up.

Roman Glass St. George started quickly in the second half looking for a way back into the match, however Bridport were still creating chances.

The equaliser was surrendered though as Roman worked the ball into the box where Matt Guy headed the ball past Scott Wells-Burr in the Bridport net.

The remainder of the second half was a fairly even encounter with both teams created chances and cancelling each other out.

However, in the dying moments of the match, Bridport pushed players up the pitch in the search for a winner. A Roman defender intercepted a cross and was able to set his team off on the counter-attack. With Bridport stretched George Box scored the winner and ultimately knocked the Bees out of the competition.

Speaking to Echosport, Bridport boss Jamie Manley, said: “We started off very organised and disciplined. We worked hard and had a reaction from our last two results, which were shocking.

“A week is a long time in football. When we got three points everyone was buzzing and then we have two shocking results and it brings the doom and gloom.

“We took the game to them and created chances. We will be looking to kick on from here.

“We are in a battle at Bridport Football Club. We are not stupid and we know what we need to do.

“There are a lot of people fighting for the shirt and that is what we are looking for. That is what we expect from our players and all the lads are starting to fight.

“We are looking to kick on and the players are buying into what we’re are trying to do.

“We are always positive and we know what we want, but we know it’s not going to be easy.”

The Bees’ next fixture is away to Odd Down in Bath in the league today (3pm), and Bridport will be looking to turn their poor run of form around.

Manley said: “I’m confident in the lads that we have and that we can kick on from here.”