BRIDPORT Reserves were soundly thumped 7-1 by a clinical Hamworthy Recreation side that continued their charge at the top of the Dorset Premier League table.

Ryan Gall missed the match with a broken hand that he sustained against Holt, Dan Baggs picked up an injury against Poole Borough a month ago, Dan Peart was unavailable as was Sam Day, and James Cox was called up into the first team.

Chris Long opened the scoring after just five minutes and, despite Bridport forcing the Hamworthy goalkeeper into a double save, the home side doubled their lead not long after through George Webb.

Long then secured his brace before Dave Wrixton put the home side 4-0 ahead at half-time.

Despite Bridport starting the second half well, Webb secured his brace with a brilliant volley into the far-post after 55 minutes.

The Bees then responded with a goal through Robin Jones to slightly narrow the score, but late on the home side secured a quick-fire double with Long securing his hat-trick from the spot and Sam Carter firing in.

Bridport manager Shaun Annetts said: “I haven’t got an awful lot to say, it is difficult to take the positives out of a drubbing like we had.

“We were up against a very, very good Hamworthy side, very clinical. It did not help us that I was really only left with one regular defender through injury and unavailability.

“I am not going to say that the players that I put in defence were responsible, but we were up against a very very good Hamworthy Rec side on a day that we could ill-afford to be below par.

“I have no complaints at all, but we have to get players available and back fit again, possibly look to sign one or two defenders to strengthen and we will go again.”

Bridport host Dorchester Sports on Saturday (3pm).

Bridport: Fleet, Strelley, Riley, King, Cooper, Scadding, Gape, Weedon (Scovell 65), Mamanta, Jones, Hunter (Stainer 65).