BRIDPORT SUCCUMB AT SALISBURY

Defeat for Bridport...

Salisbury 21 Bridport 15

Dorset & Wilts Division One

Having gained a very creditable home draw last week Bridport travelled to fifth placed Salisbury knowing they faced a tough task to come away with anything. However, a side containing three promising Colts came away with an excellent losing bonus point going down 21-15.

They took an early lead through a Rich Layzell penalty but  after 15 minutes lost key player Mitch Waters to a serious looking leg injury which necessitated changing pitches as the striken Waters could not be moved. He was eventually taken to hospital and was retained overnight, but the news is that he is recovering well.

Salisbury got the better of the disrupted start by scoring two quick converted tries to go in at half time with a 14-3 lead.

In the second half the Blues were soon out of the blocks with youngster Guy Brazier scoring a try following good handling in the backs and this was converted by Nathan Herbert.

Salisbury were soon again on the offensive, but good defensive work from the Blues kept them out until the pressure finally told and they scored their third converted try. The Blues stuck to their task and good interplay between forwards and backs allowed Ellis Blackburn in at the corner for an unconverted try. The defence held on to allow them to claim the valuable losing bonus point.

Bridport play their final home game of the season against a strong Bournemouth 3rd XV side next Saturday.

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