Controversy during Bridgwater Town's 4-0 weekend defeat

Bridgwater Mercury: Players appeal to the referee to disallow the goal. PHOTO: Jeff Searle Players appeal to the referee to disallow the goal. PHOTO: Jeff Searle

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Bridgwater Town 0, Swindon Supermarine 4

CONTROVERSY marred Bridgwater Town’s home clash with Swindon Supermarine on Saturday – a game which saw The Robins fall to defeat.

After 16 minutes, keeper Luke Purnell went up for a high ball with Supermarine forward Ashley Edenborough and a Town defender but, after contact, Purnell fell to the ground.

The referee kept play going despite Purnell lying motionless on the ground and the visitors had shots twice cleared off the line before finally scoring through Josh Parsons – a goal which left Bridgwater players, staff and fans fuming.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for Town who lost their discipline to concede again five minutes later to trail 2-0 at half-time.

Town came out fighting in the second half and were unlucky not to pull a goal back when Jon Vance’s long range shot stung the palms of Kent Kaupennin in the Supermarine goal.

Skipper Chris McGrath also had his low, side-footed shot cleared off the line but the visitors rubbed salt into the Bridgwater Town wounds on 57 minutes with a third goal and a fourth minutes from time.

Bridgwater did have opportunities to score a consolation goal after Ross McNab latched on to Joe McClennan’s pinpoint cross but his shot rattled the woodwork. Dave Pearse sent a similar effort wide after some good work on the left by Craig Veal.

Town: Purnell, P.Veal, Thomas, Middleton, McGrath, Chamberlain (Mercieca 69), Fitzpatrick (C. Veal 69), McClennan, McNab, Pearse, Vance.

l TOWN Reserves lost 2-1 to St George Easton-in-Gordano on Saturday, despite taking the lead through Kenzie Farnham’s penalty after Michael Duffy was brought down in the box.

They travel to Shepton Mallet tonight (Tuesday) in the Premier Division Cup and are at home to Nailsea United in the league on Saturday.

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2:41pm Wed 24 Oct 12

What is Happening says...

Dont understand changing a side that wins during the week. Again its has happened. Same as the side that won at Hemel. It got changed for the saturday and we lost. We play against Bideford and win, but the side gets changed again. Whenare out 3 managers going to learn? Which of the 3 - are actually selecting the team.
Dont understand changing a side that wins during the week. Again its has happened. Same as the side that won at Hemel. It got changed for the saturday and we lost. We play against Bideford and win, but the side gets changed again. Whenare out 3 managers going to learn? Which of the 3 - are actually selecting the team. What is Happening
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5:31pm Wed 24 Oct 12

What is Happening says...

Just read Mllies report on the town web site.
Well Millie and the other 2, its you that choose the team. If theyt players are not performing - drop them. Too many hanger ons. Like I said above, you have a winning team on a Tuesday - why the f*** change it. Sorry for the ***, but its getting frustrating already. Some of the Saturday starters - should not be starting. Get it sorted before its too late.
Just read Mllies report on the town web site. Well Millie and the other 2, its you that choose the team. If theyt players are not performing - drop them. Too many hanger ons. Like I said above, you have a winning team on a Tuesday - why the f*** change it. Sorry for the ***, but its getting frustrating already. Some of the Saturday starters - should not be starting. Get it sorted before its too late. What is Happening
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9:05pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Boring says...

B/W town as a club need to make some serious decisions imo.
It seems that for years that there has been a "click" at the club.
One poor "local" manager gets replaced by another one, and then a former Taunton manager comes in.
From what I hear this has gone down like a lead balloon with a lot of the players.
What's needed is a good manager and coach from outside this area,someone who comes in with new ideas and NO connection with the club.
A new man with no favourites,no blind loyalty to current players and someone who is keen to play good football.

The club needs a fresh feeling to it,something to get the fans excited again.
B/W town as a club need to make some serious decisions imo. It seems that for years that there has been a "click" at the club. One poor "local" manager gets replaced by another one, and then a former Taunton manager comes in. From what I hear this has gone down like a lead balloon with a lot of the players. What's needed is a good manager and coach from outside this area,someone who comes in with new ideas and NO connection with the club. A new man with no favourites,no blind loyalty to current players and someone who is keen to play good football. The club needs a fresh feeling to it,something to get the fans excited again. Boring
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12:02pm Fri 26 Oct 12

out of there depth says...

so the big experiment has failed ! Millsom so out of his depth as an asst let alone a manger ive watched all the home games and hes being pushed out by the other two and they have limited southern league knowledge and contacts ! , the other two ?? well what do they do ?
but saying that if it wasnt for westy we wouldnt have a side at least he got some taunton town B team players in !

but the bigger issues lie off the pitch after Drayer left and yes i thought he did a good job in the circumstances , avoiding relegation for two years , put a lots of good things into place had time for young players etc and had affinity for the club , what is left now ?? not much in that respect , the reserves are not allowed to train with the first team anymore , !!
The whole thing needs a total clear out , setter , davey, hurford ,uve done ure time and well done but the only thing youre gonna do is drag the club into the toolstation league , which is our level at the moment !! well on a plus weve beaten two slp sides this year , maclennan looks ok when hes interested and thats about it ...
so the big experiment has failed ! Millsom so out of his depth as an asst let alone a manger ive watched all the home games and hes being pushed out by the other two and they have limited southern league knowledge and contacts ! , the other two ?? well what do they do ? but saying that if it wasnt for westy we wouldnt have a side at least he got some taunton town B team players in ! but the bigger issues lie off the pitch after Drayer left and yes i thought he did a good job in the circumstances , avoiding relegation for two years , put a lots of good things into place had time for young players etc and had affinity for the club , what is left now ?? not much in that respect , the reserves are not allowed to train with the first team anymore , !! The whole thing needs a total clear out , setter , davey, hurford ,uve done ure time and well done but the only thing youre gonna do is drag the club into the toolstation league , which is our level at the moment !! well on a plus weve beaten two slp sides this year , maclennan looks ok when hes interested and thats about it ... out of there depth
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5:36pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Boring says...

Reserves can't train with the 1st team, oh dear, that is laughable.
There's also the u18 side who seem to have no sense of belonging to the football
How can a club be run like this,the 3 sides should be playing the same style of football. This brings a continuity to the playing style.
The young lads should feel they "belong" at the club and should all feel they have a chance to progress at the club.
This is clearly what is NOT happening at the moment.

That's why an outsider needs to be bought in, the whole club needs a shake up.
Reserves can't train with the 1st team, oh dear, that is laughable. There's also the u18 side who seem to have no sense of belonging to the football How can a club be run like this,the 3 sides should be playing the same style of football. This brings a continuity to the playing style. The young lads should feel they "belong" at the club and should all feel they have a chance to progress at the club. This is clearly what is NOT happening at the moment. That's why an outsider needs to be bought in, the whole club needs a shake up. Boring
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9:31pm Sat 27 Oct 12

petebog says...

bridgwater town football club is going one way,no leadership , no plannning a club with probably more committee members than any other club yet not one can find away to take the club forward , glastonbury ,minehead and exmouth town we could soon be joining them in the footballing wilderness!!! at time this season on the pitch there has been some fantastic football played, other times u struggle to find any positives atall. millie did a very good job at the end of last season and should be proud of what he achieved, this season he has the look of a broken man and yet his two assistants look like they havent a care in the world. from what i have learned this week there are a couple of players within the changing rooms who have a bit to much to say with no fear of any consequences,which i find unbelievable,it seems that if u were not in the taunton team last year your face dont fit. pearcey has gone ,rumour has it westy has been trying to replace luke purnell ( who personally i think has been very good signing(drayers) and i know is very well thought of within the club) with his own keeper ! god knows how purnell must feel about this !the person i feel sorry for more than most is richard johnson,main sponser,true fan a man who wants the club to push on and and better itself but is being let down by all around him!
bridgwater town football club is going one way,no leadership , no plannning a club with probably more committee members than any other club yet not one can find away to take the club forward , glastonbury ,minehead and exmouth town we could soon be joining them in the footballing wilderness!!! at time this season on the pitch there has been some fantastic football played, other times u struggle to find any positives atall. millie did a very good job at the end of last season and should be proud of what he achieved, this season he has the look of a broken man and yet his two assistants look like they havent a care in the world. from what i have learned this week there are a couple of players within the changing rooms who have a bit to much to say with no fear of any consequences,which i find unbelievable,it seems that if u were not in the taunton team last year your face dont fit. pearcey has gone ,rumour has it westy has been trying to replace luke purnell ( who personally i think has been very good signing(drayers) and i know is very well thought of within the club) with his own keeper ! god knows how purnell must feel about this !the person i feel sorry for more than most is richard johnson,main sponser,true fan a man who wants the club to push on and and better itself but is being let down by all around him! petebog
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