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Bees buzzing for some action
DESPITE going three weeks without kicking a ball in anger, Bridport boss Trevor Sen-ior is confident his players will be ready for tomorrow’s key home clash with Street (3pm).
Bridport last saw action on December 15 when they lost at Melksham Town and come up against a side this weekend who are fully involved in the hunt for promotion.
The Somerset club got the better of Bridport when the two met at Street earlier in the campaign and, after a poor run of form in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division, the Bees will be desperate to improve on their position near the foot of the table.
Not only that, but the club are looking for a big crowd at St Mary’s Field to boost their income due to the fact that only a third of their 18 league games this season have been at home.
Club officials will now turn their attention to improving the commercial side of things in order to bring more money in, including targeting new sponsors.
And, while it has been difficult to train over the Christ-mas period, let alone play, Senior believes his squad is ready to hit the ground running tomorrow.
“It’ll be nice to get back playing again,” he said. “Decem-ber 15 was when we last played and it feels like a long time.
“The players will be a little bit rusty but they look after themselves and in this league any team is capable of beating another.
“We found it hard to train over Christmas but the lads are fit and they do their own thing to keep ticking over.
“Hopefully a good crowd will turn up and get behind the lads and Street should bring a few down with them.”
Jamie Morgan is suspended for the game while Sam Buckler is unavailable and Tom Richardson is struggling with a back injury picked up with the reserves.
A 2-0 scoreline saw Street claim victory in the reverse fixture in September but it was a match that Senior feels Bridport could easily have got something from.
He added: “They beat us 2-0 but we played as well as we have this season for the first 25-30 minutes. We played well but didn’t get a goal and they scored just before half-time against the run of play.
“We made them look very ordinary but they have picked up and are near the top of the league so it will be very tough for us.”
Bridport’s four postponed games over the festive period have been rearranged as follows – February 9: Gillingham Town (home, 3pm), February 12: Ilfracombe Town (away, 7.45pm), March 5: Barnstaple Town (home, 7.45pm), April 27: Bitton (away, 3pm).
Bees: S Filkins, Hayter, C Clarke, J Filkins, M Buckler, Evans, Wise, Luke, Legg, Condliffe, Ritchie, Dovell, B Clarke, Hailu.