Bridgwater Town Commanding Performance
Toolstation Western League
6th October 2019
Bridport 0 Vs 6 Bridgwater Town FC
Dave O'Hare 11 , 31 , 33
Mike Duffy 26
Sam Towler 82 , 84
If you don’t want to read a report full of gushing compliments you had better stop reading now! Quite simply, Town gave a performance, especially in the first half, of brilliance. This tired old hack has rarely, if ever, seen a better display from a BTFC team in over 25 years. A very big “well done” to every player and to the coaching staff. It was particularly pleasing that there was a crowd of 347 fans, including many on the groundhoppers trip, who will have gone home with a hugely positive impression.
One can only imagine that all the Town players were tucked up early in bed on Saturday night so that they could deliver what was undoubtedly their Sunday best at 10.45 the following morning. Bridport, with a new manager and a 4-0 victory of their own in the previous game, will probably be beating themselves up after this thumping but it is doubtful if any team in this league, including Plymouth Parkway, could have lived with the Robins in this mood.
Town have now scored 27 goals in 6 away league matches and that is an extraordinary record. Frankly, they could have scored a few more than 6 in this game. That is not to say that Bridport gave up, they had chances to score but lacked the self belief and confidence of their opponents.
Town kept the same starting 11 from the mature performance at Frome and you could see why. There was plenty of additional power to add from the bench, if required.
Steve Murray had the first chance to put a dent in the Bridport defence when he accepted an error from Tom Richardson ran on unopposed but then drove his shot against the legs of keeper Scott Wells-Burr.
It wasn’t long before the first goal arrived and a beauty it was too. Sam Towler had a magnificent game and he it was who passed out to Murray on the right wing. He saw Dave O’Hare arriving late in the box at the near post. His low cross was headed powerfully into the right bottom corner for the opener.
Lewis Clarke was Bridport’s most likely goalscorer and he ran on to a pass to drive a low shot a yard wide of the Town goal but this was a brief interruption to the dominance of the visitors. With Town utterly dominant in midfield, the ball was being sprayed out to either flank with pace and accuracy and it was hard to defend against.
The second goal also saw Murray as the provider. He won the ball and nudged it forward to Mike Duffy. For some reason Wells- Burr was off his line and Duffy delicately chipped the ball over his head.
Bridport seemed in a bit of a spin now and two more goals followed in quick succession. Towler instigated another flowing move with a ball out to Jake Brown on the left. He passed to O’Hare on the edge of the box. He picked his spot to the keeper’s left. Then Harry Horton’s corner kick from the left was headed in at the far post by hat-trick man O’Hare.
With Town winning the 50/50 challenges across the park they could have scored two more before the break. Brown shot too high after more great approach work and Wells- Burr saved at Murray’s feet after the ball had been given away.
Five minutes into the second half, Town had the ball in the net again. Murray headed in from a Brown free kick but was adjudged offside. Then Brown was set up by Ross McErlain but he couldn’t get enough elevation on his shot with the keeper again off his line. Towler headed wide from a Duffy cross as the one way traffic continued.
The game changed a bit around the hour mark and Bridport started to show what they could do. The stretching Clarke had a chance from a right wing cross but missed to the right and the same player headed wide soon after following a left wing cross. Bridport‘s best player was undoubtedly the busy and undaunted midfielder Callum Thompson and he was at the heart of the home side’s better efforts.
With 15 minutes left, Bridport should have pulled one back. In a rare moment of casual play Horton inadvertently passed to Stephen Friend. Jake Viney was out of position and the goal was gaping. He shouldn’t have missed the target.
Town had perhaps been coasting for a little while but they were obviously saving themselves for a thrilling finale. Towler scored twice in two minutes. From the edge of the box he had a go with his right foot but that was blocked. The ball came back to him and he sent a delicious curving left footed effort unerringly in to the top right corner. It was his left peg, from closer range this time that concluded the scoring after Brown had again made deep inroads from the left wing, deep into the defence.
The hungry Brown had another chance himself but his shooting wasn’t as successful as the rest of his game. Bridport would have been grateful for that.
In a stellar showing generally, the major plaudits should go the midfield. Unusually they scored all of the goals this time but they also established the domination and platform from which Town could create a host of chances.
1 Sam Towler
2 Dave O'Hare
3 Jake Brown
Jake Viney, Mark Armstrong, Jake Llewellyn (Finley Wilkinson 70), Harry Horton (Jake Horsey 81), Ross McErlain, Tom Ellis, Sam Towler, Dave O’Hare, Steve Murray (Jack Taylor 60), Jake Brown, Mike Duffy.
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