PUDDLETOWN head coach Paul Chidley admitted he was “proud” of his players despite a 32-20 loss to unbeaten leaders Dorchester in Wadworth Dorset & Wilts One South.

Puddletown led 10-0 after James Elwood landed a penalty kick before converting Tom Doyle’s interception try.

After George Foot’s penalty, Dorchester led through Charlie Sharpe and Andy Dowell tries before an Elwood penalty levelled the scores at 13-13.

Dorchester’s Callum King then forced his way over for an 18-13 half-time lead.

Early Dorchester second-half pressure paid off for Dorchester as King and James Newsam crashed over for converted tries.

Puddletown’s star performer Elwood responded by gathering Tom Yeatman’s crossfield kick to score and convert a try to round off the scoring.

Chidley said: “I was proud of the way that our boys played.

“Dorchester are a good side and we certainly didn’t let ourselves, or our supporters down.

“We stuck at it and gave them a good game.”

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