BRIDPORT Reserves delivered one of their more below-par displays of the Dorset Premier League season, losing 3-0 to Swanage Town & Herston at Days Park.

Adam Herring’s men rarely threatened with numerous players out or chosen for first-team inclusion.

Swanage made the ideal start to the game after just three minutes, Charlie Brassington keeping his composure to beat goalkeeper Mark Cuff after a fine pass from Cody Moore.

Moore was then subbed off with injury but his replacement, Sam Willcocks, proved a thorn in the Bees’ side before Dan Reeks made it two in a disappointing half for the Bees.

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Bridport’s only major chance of the opening 45 went just as quickly as it arrived, Mike Calverley scampering through on goal only to blaze over.

In the second half, Bridport were also denied a big shout for a penalty as Matty Loder went to ground in the box, nothing doing.

Cuff had to deny Sam Peacock in response but there was nothing he could do about Brassington’s second, a beautiful lob from 40 yards for 3-0.

And Cohen Lee missed a good opportunity for 4-0 in the dying stages as Bridport’s afternoon fizzled out.

Herring did not mince his words post-match, insisting the performance was “pants”.

He said: “We were pants, we weren’t very good all over the pitch.

“It was a combination of things, fitness, confidence. Not great, it’s probably the worst we’ve played. Very few positives to take, if any at all.”

Bridport Reserves were due to visit fellow strugglers Sherborne Reserves last night before travelling to Balti Sports on Saturday (3pm).

On Balti, Herring wants some payback after a 9-1 thrashing on the second day of the season.

He said: “Balti aren’t doing great. I’d say it’s always a pretty tight game but then they beat us 9-1 at home.

“It wasn’t a 9-1, so we’re going to look to put that scoreline right.”