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BEES: Losing run ended as Bees progress
11:13am Sunday 27th October 2013 in The Bees
MELKSHAM TOWN 0 BRIDPORT 2
THE Bees put an end to a five-game losing streak at Melksham Town on Saturday to move into the next round of the Les Phillips Cup.
Darren Watts eventually broke the deadlock on 78 minutes before an own goal in the closing stages wrapped up the result to the delight of Trevor Senior.
The Bridport boss told Echo-sport: “We started really well and had two or three chances and a couple of big shouts for a penalty.
“Both of them were handball incidents but neither of them was awarded.
“Matt Condliffe also shot just past a post and Chris Senior had a header blocked from a corner.
“At the other end, Melksham didn’t really create much but still could have come in at half-time ahead through us making mistakes and giving the ball away in bad areas.
“We were a bit hit and miss in many ways in the first half but our performance in the second was a completely different story.
“We went forward well, created chances and pretty much bossed it, but at one stage it still felt like that goal was never going to come.”
That breakthrough eventually arrived 12 minutes from time when Chris Senior slid in Watts, who took a touch before firing the ball into the far corner.
One of the home defenders then turned the ball into his own net at the near post after good work down the left by Matt Morley, before Ryan Dovell had an effort chalked off following a controversial offside decision.
Senior added: “Matt Condliffe got in down the right and knocked it across for Ryan to score but for some reason the flag went up.
“The fact the ball was pulled back meant Ryan couldn’t have been offside but it wasn’t given and we just had to get on with it.
“They also clipped the bar following a deflection off Shane Evans following a corner but in truth Sam Filkins never really had a save to make.
“It was good to get the win and hopefully we can now build on that.
“Our performance in the second half was a lot better and I thought Matt Morley and Matt Condliffe caused them real problems down the flanks.
“It was also great to see Mark Scott make his full debut and once he gets a few more games under his belt I have no doubts he will prove a really good acquisition.”
Bridport return to action tomorrow night in a Dorset Senior Cup tie against Sherborne Town at St Mary’s Field (7.45pm).
Bees: S Filkins, Senior (J Filkins 86), C Clarke, Evans, Scott, Hayter, Morley, Wise, Watts, Dovell, Condliffe. Subs not used: Legg, Staines.
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