8:58am Wednesday 18th January 2012
By Adam Summers
Bridport RESERVES 3 PIDDLETRENTHIDE UTD 0 BRIDPORT Reserves marched into the semi-finals of the Dorset Senior Trophy with a comprehensive win over Piddltrenthide United – but it came at a cost with Chris Herbst suffering his second broken leg this season.
The incident occurred midway through the second half when the midfielder was involved in a clash of legs with Dan Belt, who received a red card for his actions.
Bees’ boss Steve Crabb said: “It certainly took the icing off the cake and I am gutted for the lad because he has only just come back from injury.
“We were actually just about to replace him and had we had proper linesmen he would have been off the pitch.
“Michael Hailu was set to replace Chris and Mark Lock was within 10 yards of taking the flag off him when the tackle happened.
“Dan Belt made the challenge and although I thought it was a red card offence from where I was I don’t think there was any intent there at all.
“He caught him with his trailing leg but it must have been fairly high as the break has occurred just above his kneecap and it sounds like quite a nasty one.
“Apart from that there wasn’t really a bad tackle in the game and the way Piddle-tren-thide responded after the incident was fantastic.
“One of their lads is a doctor and he made some calls and made sure Chris was looked after before the ambulance arrived.”
Crabb went on to add: “Chris also broke his leg last Sept-ember playing for the third team and has only been back in training for two or three weeks.
“He played half an hour at Wincanton Town the previous week but apart from that this was his only other run out.
“We wanted him and Gary Bulman to get some minutes under their belts so for him to suffer another major injury is a huge blow.”
The final scoreline was always going to prove immaterial after Herbst’s injury but goals by Bulman, Jack Scovell and Paul Fellows was enough to see them through.
Crabb said: “In the first 20 minutes we pinned them in their own half but to their credit they weathered the storm and then caused us a few problems through Neil Kell-away, who in my opinion should be playing at a much higher level.
“We eventually went ahead on 25 minutes and then got a second soon after to take a 2-0 lead into the break.
“Chris’ injury then occurred 17 minutes into the second half and after the 20-minute break for the ambulance to arrive the game became a non event.
“We managed to score a third towards the end but after what had happened it did not mean much come the final whistle.”
Bridport, who will host Stur-minster Marshall in the Mag-na Dorset Premier League on Saturday, have been drawn at home to Parley Sports Reser-ves in the last four. The tie will take place on March 10.
Bees: Cleal, Fellows, Hill, Day, C Bulman, G Bulman (Stordy 75), McAllister, Clarke, Herbst (Hailu 62), Gale, Scovell (Ward 75).
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