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Blues fail to break Warminster resolve
WARMINSTER 29 Bridport 0
HAVING failed to capitalise on their first-half superiority, Bridport paid the price at title-chasing Warminster.
With the wind at their backs, the Blues dominated the first period but were unable to find the all-important breakthrough.
In fact, they trailed at the break before the hosts pulled away in the second half to record their 11th straight win in Dorset & Wilts One South.
Head coach Mark Botten said: “It was pretty disappointing. We had quite a few changes from the previous week and Luke King dropped out on the morning of the game but we actually dominated the first half.
“We had the majority of the possession and were camped in their 22, but we couldn’t get over the line.
“And then, with the last play of the half, they scored a try to go 5-0 up at half-time.
“We still thought we had a chance but in the second half they had the wind advantage and kicked quite well to put us under pressure.
“We didn’t step up to the mark and we let in some soft tries. It’s disappointing but I believe they have now won 11 on the trot.
“Although it looks like a thumping, it was quite close but every time they were near our line they scored a try. The scoreline doesn’t reflect the game.
“In the clubhouse after the game it was mentioned that was the seventh game in which they haven’t had to make any changes to their side, so they are gelling well.
“We had to make five chan-ges on Saturday, which doesn’t help at all, and we seem to have a few guys who do not want to travel to away games.”
Bridport will hope to bounce back when they entertain lowly Salisbury Seconds this Saturday (2.30pm).
Botten added: “We won at their place and that is the only game we have won away from home this season.
“But they beat Swanage & Wareham Seconds on Saturday, which was a shock result.
“Hopefully we should be back to full strength as we didn’t pick up any injuries.”