Final home game of the season ends in defeat...

Bridport 8 Bournemouth 3rd XV 27

Dorset & Wilts Division One South

In their last home game of the season Bridport faced an uphill fight against third-placed Bournemouth but, after conceding 5 first half tries,  turned in a remarkable second half performance winning it by the single try to go down by 27-8.

From the kick off Bridport exerted quick pressure forcing Bournemouth to concede a penalty on their 22 for Freddie Woolner, kicking into a stiff breeze, to convert. From the kick off the visitors were quickly on the attack and slick handling in their backs created an overlap for an unconverted try. Bournemouth overall handling and running superiority was clearly evident when they were able to run in two more quick tries, one being converted to establish a 17-3 lead.

The Blues were then able to establish more possession but could not breakdown a strong B’mouth defence and, after a series of drive close to the line the visitors created and overlap for their fourth try but the conversion was missed. Just before the interval a two-man overlap was held up on the line, but Bournemouth went only to go over from the resulting scrum to lead 27-3 at half time.

The Blues, now playing downwind, used Woolner’s kicking to keep B’mouth initially in their own half and with a much stronger scrumaging performance were able to put the visiting defence under pressure but they could not make the breakthrough. At the same time when B’mouth did threaten the Bridport defence and tackling was of the highest order and prevented any further scores.

A series of kick and chases got the Blues back into their opponents 22 and Ellis Blackburn was unlucky not to gather the ball with a clear run to the line. The Blues then made a great break from their own half with backs and forwards combining, forcing B’mouth to concede a five-metre scrum. From this the ball was spun out to Guy Brazier who went over in the corner.

Unfortunately for Bridport, Weymouth & Portland won forcing them into a relegation position. They must now win the last game of the season next Saturday against North Dorset and hope other results go their way to avoid the drop.


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