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Fey left 'disappointed' after FA Trophy exit
7:00am Monday 21st October 2013 in Somerset Sport
FA Trophy First Qualifying Round
Weymouth 1 Bridgwater Town 0
BRIDGWATER Town manager Richard Fey was left to rue a number of decisions that went against his side as they were knocked out of the FA Trophy by Weymouth on Saturday.
The Robins were denied a second-half penalty before having a goal disallowed four minutes from time, and Fey admitted to being very disappointed.
He said: “It’s the second time a couple of decisions have gone against us, but that happens. I feel really sorry for our supporters who travelled down to come and watch us play; I’m disappointed for them really.
“We proved we can hold our own against a team from the division above which is pleasing, but the lads were really disappointed on the coach back, so we need to get this game out of our heads now.”
Bridgwater were not overwhelmed by the full strength Weymouth side from the Premier Division of the league in an entertaining game, writes Eddie Robinson.
The match was end to end – Bushin’s shot was deflected for a corner and Loxton’s chip went close after a cross from Miller.
Loxton went close to breaking the deadlock on 24 minutes when his fierce volley flew just wide of the far post when set up by Wilson.
Bridgwater were getting plenty of joy down the flanks and Miller burst through two tackles before his strong shot was saved.
It wasn’t all one-way traffic and Wright had to be at his best with a reaction save from Yettons’ point-blank header.
But solid defending from McGrath and Warren restricted Weymouth’s chances as the half ended goalless.
Weymouth started the better of the sides in the second half and took the lead after 62 minutes – Warren and McGrath were too close together when dealing with a through ball and Warren’s clearance cannoned off McGrath to fall kindly into the path of Yetton, who finished confidently.
On 70 minutes, Loxton was fouled and the referee awarded a free-kick, inches outside the area despite it looking like the foul had been committed inside the penalty area.
Wright continued to keep Bridgwater in the game with a couple more good saves, and the Robins thought they had equalised four minutes from time when the referee awarded an indirect free-kick inside the penalty area.
Weymouth keeper Matthews handled a defender’s miscued clearance which looked to be falling just under his crossbar.
The ball was knocked to Bushin who drove the ball through the 11-man wall into the net, only for the referee to order a retake and caution the Weymouth goalkeeper.
Second time around the shot was blocked, but here was still time for O’Connor to miss a glorious opportunity as his effort drifted over the bar from five yards out.
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