BRIDPORT Reserves’ Shaun Annetts was not too angry after his side had shipped five against Parley Sports on Saturday – just flabbergasted writes Stuart Broom.
Parley Sports 5 Bridport 2
Dorset Premier League
“The score line doesn’t reflect the game, we were on the end of three wonder strikes – you can’t legislate for that.”
Annetts was confident going into the game having the luxury of first teamers Ryan Hayter, Tom Blair and Alan Hill, all in need of game minutes, and was optimistic of getting a positive result. Blair immediately showed his ability as he skipped past his full back twice in the opening minutes, but unfortunately on each occasion a colleague was inches from converting his cut backs. Sports quickly counter attacked and Ben Bosley rifled his first time effort into the top corner of Billy Fleet’s goal.
This took the wind out of Bridport’s sails and as they looked to regroup, Parley dominated with Fleet keeping them at bay with a superb save with his legs in a one-on-one. However, the Bees rallied and Josh Hunter hit a sweet shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards for the equaliser. They went in at the break looking the better side but were set back soon after the interval with two quick goals.
The first came on 54 minutes when the ball was laid back to Mike Laronde some 30 yards from goal who rifled his shot in Fleet’s bottom corner. Three minutes later the hosts were awarded a penalty when Luke King was adjudged to have fouled in a challenge. Matt Newbury converted the spot kick. With their tails up Sports added another five minutes later with a third wonder strike; again from Newbury.
Once again the Bees rallied and were again rewarded with a second goal when a defender, under pressure from Gale, turned the ball into his own net from Blair’s deep cross. But in added time Parley quickly cleared a ball that had come back off their crossbar and James Shering added a fifth.
Annetts concluded: “5-2 sounds like a drubbing but it was never that. We wouldn’t expect ever to concede three strikes like that in a game again, and if luck had gone better for us and we had perhaps been a bit sharper, on another day we might have got a draw or even won it.”
Wake up call
Portesham Utd Res 2 Bridport A 2
Dorset Division Four
AFTER two good opening victories Bridport A were brought back to earth with a bump in a hard fought draw against Portesham Reserves.
On a windswept pitch at Weymouth College, the Bees put in what can only be described as a lacklustre performance. Despite taking a first half lead through Brandon Scadding Portesham hit back to lead through a Liam Reid double to lead 2-1 before the visitors levelled with a brilliant strike from Kieran McAllister.
Bees Manager Mark Scadding said: “Something was missing today, and they just didn’t look interested. They made mistake after mistake in front of goal. “Maybe this will be the wake-up call to remind them there are no easy games this season.”