SATURDAY saw Bridport’s inconsistent start to the season continued with an away defeat at New Milton Seconds writes Andrew Livingston.
New Milton 2nd 29 Bridport 6
Dorset & Wilts Two South
They looked to build on the previous home win, however the Blues came unstuck as they took only 15 players to face a New Milton side that had won their first two games.
Bridport had the better start as Daragh Mcloughlin looked to be in for the first try. Tom East received a huge hit but kept the ball in play with an offload to fullback Rich Pearce who broke the line from half way.
McLoughlin supported Pearce well and took the ball onwards only to loose possession on the line after a last ditch cover tackle. However, the resulting New Milton scrum was rushed by the Bridport forwards pack and a penalty was awarded which Mitch Waters converted to put Bridport in front.
New Milton slowly began to grow into the game, camping in the visitors 22 and eventually a grubber kick was not cleared up allowing the New Milton wing to dive on the ball for an unconverted try. However, Bridport didn’t let their heads drop and Waters collected another three points from a penalty kick just behind the 22 metre line.
The half first half ended with a New Milton try after a complacent Bridport defence allowed the home team to create an overlap with a home winger going over in in the corner. The converted try led to hosts carrying a six point lead into half time.
A lack of depth to their squad then punished Bridport in the second half as legs out played Bridport across the park. A shoulder injury to Harry Richardson unfortunately left Bridport with only 14 players for the rest of the game. Despite valiant defending the depleted Bridport team conceded three more tries as New Milkton ran out 29-6 winners.
On Saturday Bridport travel to North Dorset who currently sit bottom of the Dorset & Wilts Two South table.