Townsend: We must be more disciplined

BEES ON THE FRONT FOOT: Bridport put pressure on the Terras’ defence

BEES ON THE FRONT FOOT: Bridport put pressure on the Terras’ defence

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WEYMOUTH RESERVES 2 BRIDPORT RESERVES 0

ROBIN Townsend has told the Bees they must improve their discipline after having a third man sent off in just five games.

Bridport’s second-string played some attractive football at the Bob Lucas Stadium but they lacked the cutting edge in the final third to hurt their Weymouth counterparts, who ran out deserved winners.

However, referee Kelvin Day also played a big role in the proceedings, denying the visitors a late penalty and also showing goalkeeper Jamie Fry a controversial red card on the hour, much to the frustration of Robin Townsend.

The Bees’ boss said: “Wey-mouth had more of a cutting edge and deserved their victory but once again decisions didn’t go our way.

“Once I saw who the referee was I told the lads not to get involved with him and in the first half everything was fine.

“In fact, Dan Taylor, who plays for Beaminster and is helping us out, got away with one foul and then picked up a booking for another one just five minutes later. On another day he might have walked for those two tackles but I thought the referee showed a bit of common sense there.

“However, just after they had gone 2-0 up, a couple of errors then happened.

“The linesman gave an offside so Jamie went out and put the ball in line ready to take a free-kick, only to be ordered back by the referee who had awarded a goal-kick instead.

“Jamie then said something but although he didn’t swear he received a booking anyway.

“He then set the ball down and clapped his hands, which is something he has always done as part of his own routine, only for the referee to deem it as another show of dissent and brandish a second yellow card.

“I am not sure what I can say about that other than it was very frustrating.”

He went on to add: “With five minutes to go a ball was then knocked into the box and one of their lads went right through the back of Gary Bulman. Everyone in the ground knew it was a stonewall penalty but for some reason it wasn’t given.

“Things are clearly not going our way at the minute but we cannot just keep blaming it on decisions.

“The fact we have had three players sent off already this year is very disappointing and it is something we need to address.

“Referees are clearly seeing something we are not and it is clear we need to improve our discipline.”

The Terras’ opening goal on nine minutes arrived on nine minutes when Sean Zima glanced home a wonderful cross from the impressive Matt Morley.

The latter then had an effort pushed on to the crossbar before the second arrived just after the break when Simon Crouch pounced after good work from Sanchez Baker.

Further attempts from Mor-ley and substitute Tom Bell then went close to extending the lead but in the end two proved enough.

Terras: Perry, Clarke, Doidge, Beals, Sharpe, Morley, Camp, Winsper, Zima (Frame 80), Crouch (Hind 70), Baker (Bell 65). Sub not used: Brown.

Bees: Fry, Taylor, Day, Clarke, Steele (King 65), C Bulman, G Bulman, Lock, Fleet (McAllister 60), Scovell, Gale.

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