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FOOTBALL: Bees must show more belief, claims Townsend
SHAFTESBURY 1 BRIDPORT RESERVES 0
IF the Bees are to realise their potential they must start showing more belief, claims Robin Townsend.
Not for the first time this season, the Bridport reserve-team boss watched on in disbelief at Shaftesbury as his side wasted a glut of early opportunities before falling to a 1-0 defeat – their sixth loss in 11 games.
Townsend said: “We should have been three up after 25 minutes.
“Ben Clarke missed a couple of good chances, one of which came after a 30-pass move that started with our keeper, while Jack Scovell had another effort cleared off the line.
“That has very much been the story of our season so far and when they went ahead with their first chance on the half-hour the belief just went completely out of us.
“One of their lads got the wrong side of Luke King, beat Sam Day and tucked it past our keeper, and from there on we were never the same side.
“They then set up to hold on to what they had and in the end it just wasn’t our day.”
Commenting further, Townsend went on to add: “We have got some characters in the changing room but when our backs are against the wall, heads go down perhaps a bit quicker than they should.
“The lads just need to believe in themselves a bit more and once they do that we will be fine.
“We are still in the top half but the sooner we can go on a little run the better.”
The Bees, who host Parley Sports on Saturday (3pm), currently sit seventh in the Bespoke Teamwear Dorset Premier League, four points adrift of the top five.
Bees: B Fleet, Day, King, A Clarke, Fry, G Bulman, H Fleet (Hailu 65), C Bulman, Steele, Scovell, B Clarke. Sub not used: Gale.
* Holt United picked up a valuable point in a 2-2 draw with Poole Borough.
The perennial heavyweights have endured a difficult start to the season and currently sit third-bottom just two points off the basement.
Joe Sullivan netted both their goals while Jack Vallier and Dan Pidgley were on target for the Hornets.
Elsewhere in the league, there were wins for Wareham Rangers and Swanage Town & Herston.
A solitary strike from Simon Lander was enough for Rangers to overcome Hamworthy Rec-reation, while Sam Beale and Richard Best did the damage for the Swans in their 2-1 win against Hamworthy United Reserves.
League Cup/Dorset Senior Cup
MERE Town moved into the next round of the Dorset Premier League Cup following a 2-1 win at Sherborne Town Reserves, while Blandford United advanced in the Dorset Senior Cup, courtesy of a 6-4 victory over Merley Cobham Sports.