9:08am Wednesday 7th March 2012
By Adam Summers
CRANBORNE 0 Bridport RESERVES 4
JACK Scovell bagged a brace as Bridport Reserves got back to winning ways with a fine performance at Penny’s Lane.
The Bees entered the game off the back of two heavy defeats against Hamworthy Recreation and Tintinhull but there were no nerves in the opening exchanges with Scovell eventually giving them the lead on 25 minutes with the aid of a deflection.
Cranborne then hit back by winning a penalty just before the break but they squandered the opportunity and then conceded a second when Robin Jones volleyed home after Shane Evans had cleverly dummied a cross from Ben Clarke.
That series of events deflated the Cranes and in the first 15 minutes of the second half the Bees netted twice more.
Clarke dispatched a spot-kick after being brought down in the box before Scovell banged in the fourth after a goalmouth scramble.
Joint-manager Steve Crabb said: “We played a lot better and it was a good team performance.
“We started well and created a couple of chances before Jack eventually gave us the lead.
“It looked like we would go on from there and take complete control but they then won a dubious penalty, which was given for a foul by Dan Peart, who played at sweeper and was our best player.
“Fortunately, their lad fired it over and then just after that we strung a three or four-man move together to go into half-time 2-0 up.
“It was no more than we deserved and in the second half we put the game to bed with two more goals before the hour.
“It was a very convincing victory and the fact we kept a clean sheet was also pleasing.
“Cranborne can be a really tough place to go. Portland drew there a couple of weeks ago and the fact we came away with a 4-0 victory is a fantastic effort.”
The Bees, who lie eighth in the Magna Dorset Premier League, will be involved in Dorset Senior Trophy semi-final action this coming Satur-day when they host Parley Sports Reserves (2.30pm).
Crabb added: “Due to several players being cup-tied the team will change quite a bit for that game with Shane, Darren Lock, Roger Cummings, Robin Jones and Adam Steele all ineligible to play, which means we will probably be delving into the thirds.”
Bees: Fry, Stordy, Lock, Peart, C Bulman, McAllister (Steele 60), Cummings, B Clarke (Gape 60), Jones, Scovell (Day 80), Evans.
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