9:18am Wednesday 29th February 2012
By Adam Summers
TINTINHULL 6 Bridport RESERVES 2
SCHOOLBOY defending cost Bridport Reserves dear as they were hit for six at Tintinhull in the Magna Dorset Premier League.
A sloppy start saw the Bees go 4-0 down in the opening 20 minutes and although Dom McAllister and Ashley Clarke replied in the second half it did little to cover up what was a disappointing display.
Joint-boss Steve Crabb, whose side also conceded five against Hamworthy Recrea-tion the previous week, said: “We have made more mistakes defensively in the last two games than in the previous 10.
“Tintinhull are a big side and we just did not deal with it.
“Three of their four goals in the first half came from long throws into the box and I really felt sorry for Jamie Fry because apart from those efforts, which he had no chance of stopping, he did not have a save to make.
“At 2-0 down we actually had a couple of chances ourselves with Darren Lock and Shane Evans both having efforts saved but you cannot afford to give teams head-starts and ex-pect to get back into the game.
“The one positive we can take from it is the way we performed in the second half.
“We went out and played for pride and pulled one back through a great free-kick from Dom from the edge of the area.
“Had we gone on to score next we might have had a chance of getting back into it but they grabbed a fifth through a great volley and that was pretty much game over.
“Ash then made it 5-2 from a corner before they grabbed a sixth right at the death as we pushed on looking for more goals.”
Jamie Barber grabbed a hat-trick for Tintinhull, whose other goals came from Jona-than Delahaye, with two, and Garry Mountford.
Crabb, whose side remain eighth, added: “It was schoolboy defending in the opening 20 minutes but we also missed a lot of chances as well, so it was just a bad day at the office at both ends of the pitch and one we must try and put behind us as soon as possible.”
The Bees’ next assignment will see them travel to fourth-bottom Cranborne on Satur-day, where Crabb may revert to a different formation.
He said: “It is important we bounce back this weekend and I may well change the system to try and help us do that.
“We have been playing an attacking 3-5-2 but perhaps we need to tighten things up a bit, which is something we will be looking at in the days leading up to the game.”
Bees: Fry, A Clarke, Day (Cummings 55), Fellows (Stordy 35), Jones, Lock, Peart, Steele (McAll-ister 55), B Clarke, Scovell, Evans.
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