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WEYMOUTH captain Mark Sample believes ill-discipline cost his side victory at rivals Bridport.

The Seasiders found themselves 10-0 up inside 20 minutes at the Brewery Ground thanks to a Tim Peplow penalty and a try from Julian Quick, which was converted by Peplow.

However, the visitors saw Adam Hoxey sin-binned 15 minutes later, and although the hosts were reduced to 14 men themselves soon after, the Blues reduced the deficit through Freddie Everitts try and conversion to trail by three points at the break.

Everitt kicked a penalty early in the second period to level proceedings before Tim Edwards touched down to give the home side the lead for the first time.

Weymouths Gordon Tye then saw yellow and table-topping Bridport capitalised with Everitt notching his second penalty of the afternoon.

With the game already lost, the away side saw Anthony Cowburn sin-binned late on for a minor scuffle with an opposition player who also left the field.

Reflecting on his teams third defeat of the Dorset & Wilts One South campaign, Sample said: There were a lot of positives to take from the game but when you lose a game like that you tend to only pick out the negatives.

I was happy with our first-half display as we took the game to Bridport and I thought our forwards were bossing it.

But ill-discipline let Bridport back into the game. They came out fighting in the second and put us under a lot of pressure.

Their second try came due to a lack of communication and fatigue because we were defending for so long.

But even when we went behind we felt we could get back into it, however, a lack of discipline crept in again.

Its frustrating because if we had kept our discipline I feel we would have won the game. And when I talk about ill-discipline Im not just talking about the guys who were sin-binned, Im also talking about those who kept having a pop at the referee, as it doesnt work in rugby.

Full credit to Bridport, but as far as were concerned we have got to remember that were a good side and start to have more self-belief.

Bridport coach Paul Ninnim was delighted with the victory.

He said: It was a good win but it wasnt the best of games to watch a typical derby really. We started off quite poorly and I thought we were in for a hiding.

Gradually we got ourselves back into it and dominated in the second half. It was a game both teams needed to win so for us to do so gives us a boost.

Weve lost a couple of silly games already this season so its important that we be more consistent and make sure we avoid any more slip ups.

Im not sure this result means much for the title but our lads have gained in confidence.

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