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Bridport caught cold at St Mary's
BRIDPORT 0 BUCKLAND ATHLETIC 1
JAMIE Micklewright’s first-minute goal was enough to give the visitors all three points at St Mary’s Field tonight.
Bridport boss Trevor Senior had no qualms with the result and admitted afterwards that the 1-0 scoreline flattered his team.
The Bees went into the Toolstation Western Premier Division game on the back of an impressive win at Bitton on Saturday but they produced very little to trouble a slick Buckland outfit.
The match was less than 60 seconds old when the away side took the lead, Micklewright finishing neatly in the box after a good passing move which started in defence.
Buckland could have gone further in front in the first-half while the hosts struggled to produce anything in terms of chances.
Things didn’t really improve for the Bees after the interval and Jamie Filkins’ miscued effort at the far post was about as good as it got for them.
“To be fair, 1-0 flattered us and it could have been 4-0 or 5-0,”
said Senior. “Buckland are a good side and they played really well.
“Their movement and passing was good and we didn’t play at all, but then they didn’t allow us to.
“They played with a good tempo and worked hard off the ball.
“Sometimes you’ve just got to hold your hands up and say you were beaten by the better side on the day.”
He went on to add: “I think they will be near the top at the end of the season though I said the same thing about them last season as well.
“They had so many games called off that when they tried to catch up with the other teams they didn’t do so well.
“We were looking to build on our win on Saturday but we were lucky it was only 1-0.
“If we play like that against Merthyr in the cup this Saturday we could be looking at a cricket score.
“We’ll train on Thursday night and try and turn things around for the weekend.”
Also tonight, Dorchester Reserves beat visitors Winchester City 3-1 in their opening Wyvern Premier League fixture and Weymouth Reserves thumped Portland United 4-0 at the Bob Lucas Stadium in the Bespoke Teamwear Dorset Premier League.
Bees: S Filkins, J Filkins, Clarke, Evans, Hill (Staines 75), Hayter, Legg (Watts 60), Wise, Charles (Morley 65), Smith, Condliffe. Subs not used: Lock, Senior
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