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FOOTBALL: Bees rocked by Stewart red card
3:14pm Monday 4th November 2013 in Hampshire Sport
SWANAGE TOWN & HERSTON 2 BRIDPORT RESERVES 1
SWANAGE took advantage of Sean Stewart’s controversial late red card to secure the three points at Days Park.
Bees’ boss Robin Townsend was furious with the referee’s decision to dismiss Stewart for a second bookable offence for a deliberate handball five minutes from the end of the match.
The visitors had been pushing for a winner of their own at that point but the contentious sending off seemed to “knock the wind out of their sails” as Townsend put it afterwards.
“The red card was the turning point,” said Townsend. “The referee booked Sean for a foul with about 10 minutes to go and he got that right.
“But five minutes later the ball struck Sean’s hand from about a yard away when he had his arms down by his sides.
“The same happened earlier in the game with a Swanage player and he awarded us a free-kick, so that should have been what happened with Sean.
“We’re looking for consistency from the officials and we didn’t get it.”
Moments later a wayward throw-in went straight to Jacob Harrop and he lobbed Billy Fleet to make it 2-1.
It had not been the best of starts to the game for the Bees, who kicked off with first-team squad members Tom Richardson and Ashley Staines in their line-up.
Swanage went closest early on with a long-range effort that struck the bar and after that it was all Bridport.
But when Richardson wasted a couple of great chances the hosts took the lead on the half hour with a shot from distance by Sam Beale that crept past Fleet, who slipped on the greasy surface.
Still trailing 15 minutes into the second period, Townsend brought Gary Bulman on for Richardson and his introduction seemed to work.
Robin Jones equalised with an individual effort and the Bees looked good for the win until the late drama ensued.
One positive to come from the defeat was a debut for Rhys Hayter, the 16-year-old cousin of first-team skipper Ryan Hayter, who came off the bench in the second half.
The reserves are away to Poole Borough Reserves in the second round of the Dorset Senior Trophy this Saturday (1.30pm).
Bees: B Fleet, King, Steele, Herbst (A Clarke 75), Stordy, H Fleet, Stewart, Staines, Jones (Rh Hayter 75), Richardson (G Bulman 60), B Clarke
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