BRIDPORT Reserves’ assistant-manager Andy Peart felt Blandford United “couldn’t cope” with the Bees as they ran out 5-0 winners at Blandford Rec in the Dorset Premier League.

Peart’s team got off to an excellent start when the outstanding Santiago Alonso finished a one-on-one chance after 14 minutes.

Josh Hull was then able to apply the finishing touches twice more as Bridport’s high tempo pressing game yielded a 3-0 first-half lead.

Blandford were unable to reply to the Bees’ energy and Alfie Ward notched a fourth 10 minutes after the restart.

A tired-looking home side then shipped a fifth when substitute Dan Baggs scored a penalty after he was brought down in the area.

A delighted Peart labelled the display as the best he had seen from the reserves this season.

He said: “It was the best performance we have had to date, this was just a fantastic performance by everybody. We were just absolutely bang on it. You couldn’t get it any better.

“We could have got a lot more. There were five or six chances that went wide of the post. They just couldn’t cope. It was relentless pressure. As soon as they won the ball back we just won it back.

“The football was fantastic and just what I’ve been trying to instil – not bad for a bunch of youngsters. I’m a big believer in getting local lads into local football teams at local level.”

Peart was full of praise for Alonso, who was involved in four of the Bees’ goals in total.

He said: “Three of those goals were set up by Santiago through his trickery, he’s phenomenal. It’s a shame that he’s going back to Argentina (after Saturday’s game).

“I’ve been at Bournemouth for 12 years coaching and he’s as good as anyone I’ve ever seen. In my opinion he should be playing at Weymouth or Dorchester’s level.”

And Peart felt that results this season have been misleading, with performances often not being rewarded with points.

He said: “Basically the aim with the reserves is trying to produce players for the first team. On the flip side you’ve still got to stay in the league so results are imperative.

“Some of the games were better than the results. Because they’re 16, 17 or 18 it’s only been in the last 15-20 minutes that they’ve fallen apart.”

Bees: Norris, Alonso, Gall, Handyside, Hayter, Hill, Hull (Baggs 47), Mansley, Storey, Ward (Bagg 75), Weedon. Subs not used: Paul, Tozer