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Tired Town slip to home defeat
7:00am Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
Calor League South & West
Bridgwater Town 0, Mangotsfield Town 3
BRIDGWATER Town manager Richard Fey believes a packed schedule contributed to his side's 3-0 home defeat to Mangotsfield Town on Saturday.
The Robins have now played 20 games in just 11 weeks this season and Fey says the heavy workload has taken its toll on his players.
He said: “We were disappointing and we looked tired and lethargic, but I'm not taking anything away from the lads as it's our first league loss and its nearly November - and only our third loss in 20.
“Mangotsfield fully deserved the win and played really well. We looked like a team that has played three games a week since the season started and it's caught up with us.
“We were flat and disappointing and it's a game to forget and move on. I'm glad Tuesday is off as it gives us a weeks-rest ready for next Saturday.
“We will work on things in training and hopefully bounce back next Saturday at the leaders North Leigh.”
Town fell behind early on to a header from Matt Sysum and never really recovered.
10 minutes later, in oceans of space on the left wing, Kyle Tooze delivered a cross towards the penalty area and Ben Hunt should have done better than to spoon his shot over the bar.
Town were not causing any problems for Mangotsfield's goalkeeper, Kevin Sawyer and the only goal threat was coming Chris Wright's way.
Town's stopper made a great save to deny Hunt by sprawling along his goal line and shovelling the ball out for a corner.
After 40 minutes Hunt made a more telling contribution. Left unmarked at the far post, he rose well to head in a cross from the right wing.
Just before half time, Aron Robbins aimed his free kick was tipped over by Sawyer, but with even with less possession in the second half, the visitors looked much more likely to score.
Hunt again wasted a fine chance by completely missing a cross from Josh Egan.
Geraint Bater raised home hopes with a smoothly struck shot from 25 yards, but Sawyer had plenty of time to get to the ball and punch it clear.
Three substitutions made no discernible difference to Town's out of sort's performance and in the last 15 minutes the confident visitors looked to add to the misery.
Tooze shot over the bar and saw a goal bound effort deflected over by Kristian Miller - but with 7 minutes left on the clock, a farcical goal put the tin lid on a disappointing afternoon.
With bodies strewn in and around the six-yard box, the ball was struck against Adnan Hiroli and from him it rolled , ever so slowly, over the goal line.
Wright, Miller, Osman, Warren, McGrath, Bater, Loxton (Robbins 38), Wring (Faux 71), Page (O'Connor 65) , Bushin, Wilson.
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