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BEES: Agony for Bridport after Odd Down's late show
BRIDPORT 0 ODD DOWN (BATH) 2
ODD Down struck twice late on to break Bridport hearts and the resistance of man of the match Sam Filkins in the home goal.
The Bees rode their luck in the second half but were looking good for a hard-earned point when Steve Jones headed in Mike Baker’s 89th-minute corner.
Chasing an equaliser, and with Filkins in the visitors’ box attacking a corner, Bridport lost possession and Kye Simpson raced clear to rub salt into the wounds.
Bees’ manager Trevor Senior was disappointed his side couldn’t hold on for a draw but wasn’t too downbeat over their performance.
Indeed, had Odd Down keeper Kane Mannings not produced a brilliant reaction save from Ryan Dovell early in the second half things may have turned out differently.
“They played well and created more chances than us in the second half, but we defended well and dug in against a big, strong side,” said Senior.
“You felt a goal might come, but the longer it went on, the more you thought it was going to end as a draw.
“The second goal was a bit of a catastrophe but we had to gamble at that point, and even from that we nearly scored.
“In terms of chances, I don’t think we did enough to win it but we were in the game and caused them a few problems in the second half.
“At best we would have got a draw so if you look at it like that we’ve dropped one point.
“We can’t be too downhearted, obviously 2-0 makes it look a bit worse, and if Ryan’s header had gone in it could have been different.”
On the performance of his goalkeeper, he added: “Sam was outstanding in goal and des-ervedly got man of the match, so that tells a story.”
It took Odd Down 20 minutes to really trouble Filkins when Ashley Scott’s free-kick had to be tipped over.
Tom Richardson had Bridport’s best chance in the first half, firing inches wide of Mannings’ right-hand post.
The visiting stopper’s save from Dovell just after the restart was as close as Bridport came to scoring in the second period as Odd Down started to put pressure on the home goal.
Cory Simpson then struck the base of a post and Filkins pushed the follow up away for a corner.
Dovell tested Mannings at the other end but, after that, it was the Sam Filkins show.
He denied Kye Simpson on three occasions and even when he was beaten by Troy Simpson’s header, brother Jamie Filkins was on hand to clear.
Lee Bridson thought he had given Odd Down the lead with three minutes left, however, his effort was ruled out for an infringement in the box.
Bridport appeared to have weathered the storm but Jones netted and, after Dovell couldn’t turn in a fortunate ricochet, Kye Simpson wrapped up the win.
Bees: S Filkins, J Filkins, Staines (Condliffe 65), C Clarke (Senior 71), Watts, Hayter, Luke, Wise, Richardson, Dovell, Morley. Subs not used: Cummings.
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