Dovell eyes a double

GOAL AIM: Ryan Dovell

GOAL AIM: Ryan Dovell

First published in Sport Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

BRIDPORT top scorer Ryan Dovell has set his sights on doubling his goal tally in the second half of the season.

The 32-year-old has hit the back of the net 11 times so far as the Bees have struggled in the Toolstation Western Pre-mier Division.

Tomorrow’s home encoun-ter against Winterbourne United (3pm) provides the striker with a chance to add to his total and a win will lift his side out of the bottom three at the expense of their opponents.

The visitors won the reverse fixture 3-0 last September though that game was one boss Trevor Senior didn’t have the services of the former Dorchester Town man for.

Had it not been for injury and work commitments – Dovell has been a postman for 14 years – Bridport might not be where they are now.

“I haven’t been available for all the games due to work and I’ve struggled a little bit at times with a groin injury,” he told Echosport.

“I had to be substituted in a few games because it was too painful.

“But generally I’m pretty pleased with 11 goals so far and hopefully I can double that if I stay injury free.

“I don’t really set a target at the start of the season. I just see how things are going a few games in and try to get a feel for it.”

Dovell returned to St Mary’s Field this season after a spell at the Avenue and, despite currently sitting two places off the foot of the table, he doesn’t believe the Bees will have a problem come the end of the campaign.

“I was made aware by Dorchester that I was probably going to be starting the season on the bench because they had made a few loan signings,” he added.

“When you get to my age you want to be playing regularly and you’ve got to take every chance that comes.

“When Trevor heard I was available he got back to me straight away and the club was pleased to have me back and I’ve enjoyed being back.

“The team has been a bit up and down. The performances have been pretty good but just a few lapses in concentration have given away a couple of sloppy goals, which have put us on the back foot.

“But I don’t think we are really worried about where we are at the moment.

“Trevor has documented that only a third of our games have been at home so as long as we can make St Mary’s Field into a fortress we should be okay.”

Bridport have a fully-fit squad to choose from for tomorrow, while it has been confirmed that Bridport’s home friendly against Wey-mouth next Tuesday (January 22) will kick-off at 7.45pm.

Bees: (from) S Filkins, Hayter, Condliffe, Evans, C Clarke, Legg, Luke, Wise, Dovell, B Clarke, Hailu, Lock, Ritchie, Symes

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