9:09am Wednesday 11th January 2012
By Adam Summers
BRIDPORT look set to lose top-scorer Sam Charles to a long injury lay-off for the second time this season.
The ex-Weymouth forward, who has just returned from a dislocated shoulder, limped off with a knee problem in Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat against Hallen leaving Trevor Senior fearing the worst.
The Bees’ boss said: “We will just have to wait and see what the specialist says but it looks like it could be a cartilage problem.
“If it is it would be a real shame but we do not know any more at present.”
All three goals were conceded in the last 15 minutes and had Tom Richardson buried one of a trio of chances towards the end of the first half the outcome could have been very different.
Senior added: “Hallen shaded the possession in the opening half-hour but did not really trouble us other than with long-range efforts which Sam Filkins dealt with comfortably.
“We hadn’t really got going but then in the last 15 minutes of the half we got on top and could have gone into the break two or three up.
“The majority of the chances fell to Tom.
“He just failed to get a header on the stretch on target after some good work from Matt Condliffe and then he ran through one-on-one after a fine ball from Darren Watts only to put his effort over the bar after it took a little bobble.
“He also got on the end of a corner at the far post but again he was unable to steer it towards the goal.
“Before those chances Darren also saw a shot from long range saved well by their keeper so at half-time I was fairly pleased.
“However, in the second half Hallen came out and dominated possession while we were guilty of giving the ball away far too easily.
“Despite that though, they still did not hurt us until they scored two quick goals with around 15 minutes remaining.
“We then had a clear-cut penalty for a foul on Chris Clarke waved away before they scored a third just a minute later to make the scoreline look a lot worse.
“It was just the same old story really. Had we taken one or two of those chances before half- time it would have been very different but I seem to be saying that every week at the moment.
“That is now four games without scoring a goal from open play and that is something we desperately need to start turning around, particularly with five out of the next six being games we should get points from.”
The Bees, who sit fifth-bottom in the Toolstation Western Pre-mier, will travel to Brislington this Saturday where they will welcome back Russell Legg from suspension.
Bees: Filkins, Condliffe (Conning 65), C Clarke, Evans, Senior (Hailu 80), Hayter, J Charles, Wise, S Charles (Morgan 35), Watts, Richardson.
Bees’ Man of the Match: Ryan Hayter Attendance: 121
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