Mousehole 8-1 Bridport: Defeat relegates Bees to Stage 6

BRIDPORT were relegated from the Toolstation Western League Premier Division following an 8-1 loss to title-seeking Mousehole.

With five games to go, the Bees are guaranteed to finish last behind either Ashton & Backwell or Street, with other Bridport wrestlers drawing 2-2 this afternoon.

With the bottom side of each of the 16 divisions in Stage 5 down, plus the four worst second bottom sides, Shaun Annetts’ side finally advanced to Stage 6.

In truth, this result seems likely since the first games of the season.

Bridport were beaten 7-1 and 7-0 by Helston Athletic and Shepton Mallet respectively in their opening two matches.

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They have also won just one win in all competitions this campaign, winning 2-1 against Ashton & Backwell.

Bridport drew 2-2 at home to Brislington last weekend but needed three points at Mousehole plus Street to lose to extend their stay in the Western League Premier.

As things stand, their hopes were all but extinguished after a windswept 13 minutes at Trungle Parc.

In rain and high winds, the Bees quickly lost 3-0 as Louis Price, Callam McOnie and Mark Goldsworthy all scored.

Mousehole used the conditions well behind their back and extended their half-time lead to 5-0 as McOnie and Hayden Turner scored.

With the elements less severe in the second half, Bridport enjoyed a dominating 20-minute spell as Riley Weedon fired a superb consolation into the bottom left corner.

Weedon had other chances, sending three long-range shots on goal to try and catch Mousehole keeper Ollie Chenoweth in the swirling wind.

Mike Hill also tried his luck from distance before Ezra Osei-Kumi latched on to the through ball and struck just wide of Chenoweth’s right post.

Harry Burwood was another Bridport player to worry about Chenoweth as the Bees did not go quietly.

Mousehole’s sixth didn’t come until the 79th minute as McOnie completed his hat trick.

And Goldsworthy scored twice two minutes behind to register his own treble and give the scoreline a slightly misleading feel.

In a nice touch, Mousehole then gave Bridport keeper Josh Lucas the Man of the Match award.

After the relegation confirmation, Annetts said: “Our fate was decided probably a few months ago with what happened. It is not a surprise.

Bridport keeper boss Shaun Annetts Photo: STEPHEN BARRETT

“When I was asked to take over at Christmas I didn’t expect to try to keep us in the division, the damage was already done.

“The players, myself and people at the club knew this was coming, but the club I’m sure will regroup in the summer.

“The new management team will recruit and I hope they will be competitive and look to bounce back.

“They will build and try to get back to the level we played. There’s no doubt that the Toolsstation has been the most powerful for quite some time.

“There aren’t a lot of poor teams in the division. Generally, with where we are, it’s been a double whammy.

On the result at Mousehole, he added: “The conditions were horrible, the worst I’ve had in my footballing career. It was ridiculous.

“But we got there and the referee was in big trouble before kick-off. I was keen that we didn’t have to turn around and make that trip again.

“We got the full 90 minutes, so no complaints. You don’t see (conditions) like that anymore, those days are long gone.

“I know 8-1 sounds like a really bad day at the office, but it was far from it. The conditions helped them when we had 60, 70 mph winds in our faces.

“There was nothing we could do to get the ball out, they played well, scored five goals and probably could have scored more.

“In the second half those conditions eased but we got a goal back, Riley scored a great result and we had chances for a second and a third.

“We worried Mousehole for 20 minutes but they scored later to rub some salt into the wounds. Did the guys deserve this? Maybe not.

“I’m very proud of my lads who made a fantastic change with players who had to play out of position due to lack of availability. It’s one more game.”

Bridport has two weekends off before hosting Street on Saturday April 2.

The bees: Lucas, Ja Scadding, Owen, Greenwood-Neate, A Steele, Vasile, Burwood, Osei-Kumi (Brook 65), Hill (Buchanan 75), Weedon, Arnold.

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