08.05.12 - MAGNA DPL RESULT - BRIDPORT RESERVES 1 SWANS 0
Gale Blows Swans Away
A fortunate goal ten minutes from time courtesy of Bridport striker Tristian Gale was enough to give the home side all three points in an entertaining match which both sides may have felt they did enough to win. Swans were once again beset by selection problems with Paul Whitton forced to name assistant Reserve boss Lee James at centre-back, veteran 'keeper Jim Hollywood between the sticks and hand debuts to promising youngsters Aaron Scott and Callum Young. Bo Herrington and Marvin Mutanga both returned to the starting line-up for the first time since the 8-0 drubbing of Poole Borough.
The hosts, named a strong line-up with First teamers Matt Condcliffe and Shane Evans both named in the side by boss Steve Crabb alongside trialist from Lyme Regis Joe Bond.
The opening exchanges of the match were very tight with both defences on top, the Swans back four of Young, Best, James and Broomfield were keeping shackles on the lively Bond and Tristian Gale. The home defence which boasted two Western League players in Condcliffe and Evans looked equally as strong until 15 minutes in when a Swans attack saw the first chance of the match. A superb through ball from Ben Harding saw Bo Herrington beat the offside trap and Bee's 'keeper Lee Cleal came charging off his line only to bring Herrington down as he was trying to round him. Experienced referee Dave Moore gave Cleal yellow and as Herrington was going away from goal he probaly got it right although you have seen 'keepers shown red for similar offences.
On 28 minutes, Cleal made up for his earlier error with a fine save to deny Jacob Harrop. A superb solo run from Aaron Scott saw his cross fall for Harrop in th box and his shot on the turn was somehow kept out by the home glove man. This would be the final noteworthy action of the half as both sides went into the break level with Swans the happier.
The second half started with Swans playing into a strong breeze and driving rain and this saw Bridport look far more threatening in the final third. The first twenty minutes of the second half saw Tristian Gale denied twice by superb stops from Jim Hollywood in the Swans goal but on 78 minutes Swans came close to breaking the deadlock. Substitute Brandon Ritchie - who had replaced an out of sorts Stephen Carpenter and at 17 once again gave a very encouraging display - called Cleal into action once more as his angled drive which looked destined for the net was clawed away to saftey after lovely link play from Bo Herrington.
Swans had weathered the storm and the introduction of Ritchie saw the visitors looking potent going forward but on 80 minutes they conceeded what would turn out to be the winning goal. Gale had tested Hollywood on two previous occasions in the half but he wouldn't be denied for a third time as his daisy cutter through a group of players totally wrong footed Hollywood and nestled into the bottom corner. Bridport should have made it 2-0 on 86 but substitute Roger Cummings shot was somehow cleared off the line by Aaron Scott.
That miss seemed to give Swans one final push and they had two glorious chances in the last five minutes. Firtsly, after a suring run from Paul Best, Jacob Harrop was allowed space in the box but his curling effort was held by Cleal. The second chance saw a clearance put the home defence all at sea and but with Marvin Mutnaga clean through and just about to shoot, Sam Day came to Bridport's rescue with a fine last ditch tackle.
Although another loss, the performance from a much changed Swans outfit was superb with makeshift centre-backs Paul Best and Lee James superb. There was steady showings from Callum Young and Aaron Scott with Brandon Ritchie once again turing in an eye catching cameo off the bench.
Swans: Hollywood, Young, Broomfield, James, Carpenter (Ritchie 60), Harding, Best, Scott, Harrop, Herrington, Mutanga. Sub Not Used: Whitton
Virtual Swans Cup Man Of The Match: Lee James