Bridport match report
Friday 9th September 2016
Spoils shared in the “Dorset el clasico”
SHERBORNE TOWN 2 BRIDPORT 2
Sherborne Town played hosts to Dorset neighbours Bridport in what could become a 6 pointer as early as September.
Raith Plant returned from injury hoping to link up with Dave Smith attack,
Both teams started brightly, but it was the visitors who applied pressure forcing Simon Bleazard ito some smart save denying the Bridport opener. Sherborne settled into their game early which is something that has been lacking of late.
Bridport came back strongly and efforts from Louis Rutter, Mark Salter, and Leigh Bailey all went begging.
Sherborne took the lead in a game for the first time this season when Lee Clark headed a perfect cross into the net at the far post.
The home defence was broken with 38 minutes on the clock when, following another poor attempted clearance, Breaden Symes literally passed the ball into the net from ten yards out for 1-1. In the final minutes of the half, Salter sent another effort over the bar and just before the interval claims for a second Bridport goal were declined.
Having missed a golden chance to reclaim the lead eight minutes into the second half, when a forward missed from five yards, Sherborne were extremely fortunate not to go behind on the hour when an Andy Martin free kick hit the post and rebounded to safety.
Five minutes later however, Bridport were in front for the first time in the game when Gary Bulman got on to a free kick.
The hosts were then committed to attack and their efforts were rewarded when the ball was nodded home from close range by Dave Smith with fifteen minutes remaining.
From then on, neither side could fashion a winner, but Sherborne will be happy to get off the mark with a point.