8:56am Wednesday 7th March 2012
By Ky Capel
Bridport 24 WEYMOUTH 52
MARK Botten chose to focus on the positives after his side became the latest victims of league leaders Weymouth.
The Dorset & Wilts One South encounter was all but over as the half-time whistle blew, with the visitors 40-7 in front at Brewery Field.
The Blues turned in a much-improved performance after the break and despite falling to a 52-24 loss, they did at least manage to outscore their rivals in the second period.
Head coach Botten said: “It was a story of two halves really. We won the second half 17-12 but they scored 40 points in the first half.
“I said at half-time that the game may be beyond us but we can at least show a bit of bottle in the second half, especially as we had a big crowd there due to a vice-president’s dinner.
“Although the result was disappointing, at least we showed a bit of character in the second half. Hopefully we can carry that forward to this Saturday’s game at Frome (2.30pm).
“What didn’t help was Tim Edwards, who has probably been our best player all season, getting a nasty cut on his forehead and having to go off for stitches in the first half. We were a man down and they dominated around the fringes, which is the area Tim controls.
“Weymouth are definitely the best side in the league and they killed us in the first half.
“However, we showed some pride in the second half and came out all guns blazing, and I doubt many teams will score four tries against them this season.”
Weymouth were 26-0 ahead before John Butler touched down for Bridport’s opening score, which Wes Lewis converted.
It was 47-7 early in the second period but the Blues refused to give up and saw Dave Smith and Marcus Colborne both cross the try-line with Lewis adding another conversion.
Weymouth’s Sam Morris then completed his hat-trick of tries before Will Everitt had the final say to ensure the hosts collected the consolation of a bonus point.
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