9:32am Wednesday 14th March 2012
By Adam Summers
Bridport RESERVES 1 PARLEY SPORTS RESERVES 2
TWO red cards and a missed penalty cost Bridport Reserves dear as they missed out on a place in the Dorset Senior Trophy final.
Sam Day and Tristan Gale were the men ordered off for second bookable offences but the Bees still had more than enough chances to bury Parley Sports Reserves over the course of the 90 minutes.
Joint-boss Steve Crabb said: “We were a bit light due to players being cup-tied but that is no excuse because we still had a strong enough side out.
“We actually started pretty well and could have taken the lead after just five minutes when Carl Bulman went clean through only to miss the target.
“They then won a penalty for handball against Dan Peart but missed the opportunity before grabbing the opener just a couple of minutes later through a header at the far post.
“After that we had two or three chances but at half-time it remained 1-0.
“It wasn’t until 20 minutes into the second half that we eventually equalised.
“Carl went on a good run and beat a couple of players before then squaring to Jack Scovell who tucked it away.
“Unfortunately, we then lost Sam to a second yellow card and within three minutes of that they regained their lead after we had failed to clear our lines.
“That could have been it but we kept going and with 10 minutes remaining we were awarded a penalty of our own.
“Having scored his last three, Ben Clarke stepped up but the keeper saved it, which was then quickly followed by another red card, this time for Tristan, who lunged into a tackle after having already picked up a caution earlier in the game. Even with nine men though, we still had a great chance to take the game into extra-time in the dying minutes but Jack was unable to take it despite being only five yards out.
“The fact we lost the game was very frustrating, particularly after beating their first team in the league earlier in the season, but take nothing away from them because they worked hard for their result.”
The only positive the Bees could take from the defeat was the performance of Will Gape.
Crabb added: “That was Will’s first 90 minutes for us and I thought he did well but apart from that the overall performance was disappointing.
“The two dismissals and the penalty miss summed it all up really but it was nothing to do with bad luck.
“We had more than enough chances to win the game but we did not take them.
“All we can do now though is pick ourselves up and look to bounce back on Saturday at Shaftesbury.”
One man that will not make the trip to the Rockies is Robin Jones, who has been ruled out for up to six weeks.
Crabb said: “Robin was stretchered off for the third team at the weekend with knee ligament damage.”
Bees: Fry, Stordy (Hailu 60), Peart, Day, C Bulman, Gale, McAllister, Gape, B Clarke, A Clarke, Scovell.
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