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Late Oakmeadians’ try rocks Bridport
OAKMEADIANS SECONDS 31 Bridport 29
BRIDPORT were undone by a late converted try as they suffered a surprise defeat at Oakmeadians Seconds in Dorset & Wilts One South.
Having beaten their hosts 29-0 on the opening day of the season the visitors were in confident mood going to Bournemouth.
And they led 29-17 with 10 minutes to go before being rocked by two Oak tries in the closing stages, both of which were converted to take them past the winning post.
The result saw Bridport drop to fifth place in the table, eight points behind leaders North Dorset Seconds, who eased past Westbury 32-5.
It had been a great start for Bridport at Oakmeadians with captain Ricky Stubbs leading by example and going over for a try inside the first five minutes.
The Oaks responded in kind and then raced into a 17-5 lead courtesy of two tries in the space of four minutes.
But the visitors hit back with a Rory Greening score, bettered by Wes Lewis, then Bob Lester-Card drew the teams level with Bridport’s third touchdown.
A bonus point was in the bag within three minutes of the restart when Donald Farmer crossed and it didn’t take much longer for Timmy Edwards to add a fifth. Lewis slotted his second conversion to put Bridport in control.
It was end-to-end stuff and the Oaks were certainly not out of it but it was only with the clock on 70 minutes that they managed to reduce the deficit with their bonus-point fourth try.
Then, with time ticking away, the hosts struck again and with the extras added the win was theirs.
Next up for Bridport is a home encounter with Blandford who they got the better of 37-27 in the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign.
Four of Bridport’s next five matches will be on hometurf which gives them a great chance to make a big push towards the top of the table as the season draws to a climax in March.