BRIDPORT Reserves suffered a 6-0 hammering at home in the Jewson Dorset Premier League as Merley Cobham Sports ran riot at St Mary’s Field.

After an initially slow start, Merley settled into some rhythm and took the lead in the 12th minute when Ollie Marsh was on target with his first goal for the club.

Just a minute later, young Tom Beckett was on target with an accomplished finish from 15 yards, his first goal for the club at senior level also.

Merley were in complete control now and Marsh was denied a second with a tight offside call but he was finding space in advanced positions and in the 20th minute he was cynically brought down some 20 yards out.

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He had to leave the field with an ankle injury and from the resulting free-kick, George Coleman took it short to Callum Perry and his goal-bound strike picked up a deflection, wrong footing keeper Kian Wootton for 3-0.

Merley were rampant now, James Cherrett causing all sorts of problems down the right flank and in the 25th minute his cross was partially cleared to Beckett who headed a lovely pass through the Coleman and he scored Cobham’s fourth from ten yards.

Bridport had little response to Cobham’s control of the game but there was no further score before half-time.

Cobham began the second half well and in the 48th minute Cherrett was put away down the right and his cross, intended for Matt Groves was deflected by Dan Baggs into his own net to make it 5-0.

Play became a little scrappy following this, Cobham began to surrender possession too easily at times but Groves went close in the 64th minute when he was put in on goal by Cherrett but Wootton made a fine save.

Cobham were reduced to ten men for ten minutes in the 66th minute when Perry was sin-binned but Bridport failed to make the man advantage count.

And the scoring was brought to a conclusion in the 91st minute when Cherrett again found space on the right and crossed for Groves to complete a comfortable 6-0 victory in the Bridport sunshine.

Bridport Reserves stay 16th and play their final game of the season Bournemouth Sports on Saturday (3pm).