BRIDPORT captain Ryan Hayter would love history to repeat itself tomorrow when the Bees go for their first league double of the season at Radstock Town (3pm).
Striker Ryan Dovell scored all of the Dorset club’s goals when they beat Radstock 4-2 last October and, providing the game in Somerset is not scuppered by the elements, Hayter is looking for the same outcome again.
Hayter has called every fixture from now until the end of the season “massive” with the Bees keen to pull clear of the Toolstation Western Premier Division relegation zone where they currently occupy the last of the three places.
Radstock are the same number of spots above them in the table and a win for Bridport would see them close the gap on their rivals to two points – and Hayter knows just how important the match is.
“They were a really good side when we played them before,” said the 26-year-old.
“They were down in the bottom two then, so we were expecting an easier game, but they were a really difficult side to play against.
“But that was one of our best performances of the season and Ryan Dovell was a massive player for us as he has been since August.
“And it’s a massive game this time. Every game from now until the season ends is massive.
“I don’t think there is one team in this league that is miles better than anyone else so if we can get out of trouble we’ll be okay for next season.”
With last season’s captain Dar-ren Lock joining the Marines, Hayter has stepped up to take over as skipper this term and the man born and bred in Bridport is enjoying leading out the club he has played for since the age of 16.
Results have not been too positive on the pitch for him and his men but Hayter is proud to wear the armband in what has been a difficult few months.
“The last few months have been a bit of a nightmare with the weather,” he added. “We’ve only played once since December 16 so it’s very frustrating.
“You can do all the running and training you like but because you’re not playing you lose your match fitness.
“We’ve also had some players out with injuries all season and others have gone travelling so we’ve been without five or six who would potentially be in the starting line-up.
“It was great that we got Jamie Symes on loan but because of all the postponements he is still waiting to play for us and with most of the league games in the week being called off it’s not looking too good for Saturday.”
Sam Buckler’s possible unavailability is the only doubt for boss Trevor Senior and Russell Legg is suspended but the good news is that Sam Charles is back in training after months out with cruciate knee ligament problems.
Bees: (from) S Filkins, Hayter, Cond-liffe, Evans, M Buckler, C Clarke, Luke, Wise, Dovell, B Clarke, Hailu, Ritchie, Symes, J Filkins