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Crabb and Lock in Bees swansong
WAREHAM RANGERS 0 Bridport RESERVES 2
STEVE Crabb will take charge of Bridport Reserves for the last time this Saturday after deciding to step down from his role as joint-manager.
Following this weekend’s Magna Dorset Premier League Cup clash at home to Hamwor-thy United Reserves (2.30pm), Crabb and fellow co-boss Mark Lock are to hand over the reins to former Lyme Regis chief Robin Townsend, who joined the Bees’ coaching staff earlier this summer.
And the outgoing Crabb, who cited poor officiating in last Tuesday’s 5-0 loss to Portland as one of the reasons behind his departure, is confident the reserves will be in safe hands.
He said: “I’m going to be stepping down and this Saturday will be my last game in charge.
“Myself and Mark won’t run away from it completely, but we will let Robin take over.
“Last week probably helped make my mind up with the things that went on. I lost a bit of desire for the game after the officials’ performances that night.
“When you’re playing against a really good side like Portland it’s really frustrating to feel like you’re also playing against the officials.
“We have a great bunch of lads and in the last two years we have finished eighth and seventh, whereas before the team was usually struggling near the bottom.
“We have had similar faces but with a bit more discipline.
“The team is in good shape and in good hands. Robin will bring different ideas and hopefully take the team in the right direction.”
Last Saturday saw Bridport Reserves return from Ware-ham Rangers with a 2-0 vic-tory.
Crabb added: “It was a good result, particularly after the Portland game, and I was pleased with it.
“The first half finished 0-0 and there wasn’t much between the two sides, but we took control of the game in the second half and had a couple of chances where their keeper made a couple of good saves from Ashley Clarke and Michael Hailu.
“We then scored with about 20 minutes to go from a fantastic header by Michael.
“And then, 10 minutes later, Roger Cummings chipped their keeper from about 35 to 40 yards out – it was a great goal.
“No disrespect to Wareham but that was the sort of game we like to think we can get a result from.”
Bees: Fry, Falvey, Stordy, A Clarke, Bulman, Hailu (M Peart 85), Cummings, Steele, Fleet, Scovell, Gale (Day 75).