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BEES: Bridport up the creek after poor start
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A BELOW-PAR first-half per-formance proved Bridport’s downfall but boss Trevor Senior still felt his side were worthy of a point at The Creek in Bristol.
Ryan Dovell, who had to come off before the end with a knee injury, and Darren Watts were the Bees’ scorers either side of the break.
Dovell got Bridport back on level terms in the first period, however, the hosts went into the interval 3-1 up – Watts reduced the deficit in the second half but the visitors couldn’t force a draw.
“If we had played in the first half like we did in the second we would have come away with a better result,” said Senior after the Toolstation Western League Premier Division clash.
“A few mistakes gave them goals but we created some really good chances in the second half and I think a draw would have been a fair result.
“They are probably one of the best sides in the league and speaking to some of their supporters afterwards, they said we should have had a point which was nice to hear.
“We’re playing okay at the moment, we’re just not getting the rewards.”
The hosts took the lead when Bridport lost possession on halfway, though Senior’s men responded by going up the other end and making it 1-1 soon after.
Dan Wise raced down the right, swung in a dangerous low cross and there was Dovell at the back post to score.
There was a sign of things to come for the Bees when Bristol squandered a couple of decent chances and Sam Filkins carried on from where he left off against Odd Down with some crucial saves.
Before they caught Bridport out twice in succession, Tom Richard-son had an effort cleared off the line and also struck a post.
Conceding two goals in 10 minutes wasn’t what Bridport wanted before the break but they came out for the second half a different side.
Filkins was at full stretch to deny Bristol a fourth then Watts’s shot from 25 yards flew in to reduce the lead to one.
Matt Condliffe, Chris Clarke and Dovell had further efforts and right at the end substitute Chris Senior combined with Chris Luke to go close, and fellow replacement Max Buckler was denied when his long-range drive was tipped onto the post by the home keeper.
Meanwhile, the Bees’ boss revealed he is set to hold talks with Chard centre-back Mark Scott today after putting in a seven-day approach for the defender.
Bees: S Filkins, J Filkins (Senior 75), Staines (Evans 46), Clarke, Watts, Hayter, Luke, Wise, Richardson (M Buckler 78), Dovell, Condliffe
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