BRIDPORT got back to winning ways in their final home game of the season, beating Puddletown 18-7 at the Brewery Ground.

In winning, the Blues gained revenge for their 29-15 defeat in the reverse Tribute Dorset & Wilts One South fixture in December.

The strong blustery wind and the seemingly endless string of penalties conceded by both sides produced a game lacking in both flow and cohesion.

Bridport's backs produced two moments of magic, scoring tries in the first half with only two Mitch Waters penalties being the solitary scores in the second half.

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Both teams held a minutes silence before the match in memory of former player and second-team captain Keith Readings who sadly passed away last week.

The Blues were playing into the wind and from the kick-off it was obvious that this was going to cause problems, make line-outs difficult and penalty kicks for touch hard to complete.

For the first 20 minutes both defences were on top with neither side able to make any clean line breaks.

With Puddletown playing with the wind the frequency of penalties meant that most of the play was in the Blues' half and with their line-out functioning very well the Blues had a lot of defending to do with Puddletown coming the closest to score when a driving maul was well held up over the line.

Jed Gravelle then made one of his trademark electric breaks from deep in his own half, the ball was well recycled by the Blues but play was stopped for an injury and from the resulting scrum Puddletown cleared their lines.

A 50-22 kick gave Puddletown a 10-metre line-out, which was overthrown, gathered by James Bickley who broke towards halfway offloading to Waters who with superb support from Daragh McLoughlin and Nathan Herbert swept the Blues into their opponents' 22.

Herbert then offloaded to Corben Newman to run in for a superb try, converted by Waters.

Puddletown countered very quickly and having forced their way into the Blues' 22 kicked through and with a good bounce ran in under the posts to equalize the scores.

With Blues now opting to take tap penalties rather than kick they were well rewarded when after a line-out penalty gained after a 50-22 kick, Waters broke quickly and ball went through the backs with Sam Petchey offloading to Jordan Neil to score in the corner to give a half-time score of 12-7.

With the wind behind them the Blues were able to keep Puddletown pinned back in their own half and despite two excellent breaks by Gravelle the Blues could not make any real headway as the opponents' defence held firm.

Finally, Puddletown conceded two penalties in quick succession enabling Waters to stretch the lead to 18-7 going into the final 10 minutes.

There followed a remarkable passage of play with Puddletown gaining a series of quickly-taken penalties but being unable to break the Blues' defence, who held out until the final whistle.

Captain Andrew Livingston said: “Once again, Puddletown was a team that we hoped for revenge after a poor performance in the first half of the season. The result was good, but we know as a team that the performance could have been better.

"The squad is continuing to grow and with it the ambitions of the players. A few years and this team will be back competing in the Southern Counties league."