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BEES: Bridport chairman Adrian Scadding's new season wish
A COUPLE of good cup runs and a top-10 finish is Adrian Scadding’s wish this season at St Mary’s Field.
The club chairman has been very impressed with the progress the Bees have made under boss Trevor Senior in recent seasons and he is hoping this one could be the best yet.
Scadding said: “With the bad weather we had last season never really got going but hopefully this year will be much better.
“We had a good pre-season and it has been great to see players like Sam Charles coming back to fitness after a long spell out injured.
“A lot of people are saying this is the best squad we have had for 15 years so I am confident it is going to be a good cam-paign.
“If we can do well in the FA Cup and the FA Vase, and finish in the top 10 in the league I will be more than happy.
“We haven’t had a good run in the cups for a while so it would be nice if we could turn that around this season.”
The constant weather disruptions also made 2012-13 a difficult year off the pitch but it appears the club is now back on a solid footing.
Scadding added: “I am hoping we will get a lot better crowds this season and I am sure we will.
“Because last season was so inconsistent people got out of the habit of coming out on a Saturday to watch us but hopefully that will be different this year.
“We have no pitch issues whatsoever and as long as we do not have the heavy downpours we had last winter everything should be fine.
“We have got plenty of functions lined up in the club to keep the money coming in and if the team performs as we hope we should be in for a great season.”
The Bees lost 4-3 to heavyweights Larkhall Athletic in their opening Toolstation Western Premier Division game last weekend before suffering a 2-1 home reverse against Sher-borne Town on Tuesday night.
Their next encounter will see them travel to Hengrove Athletic in the FA Cup extra preliminary round on Saturday.
THE top priority for Bridport Reserves boss Robin Townsend is, as ever, to make sure his players are primed and ready to go should the call come from first-team chief Trevor Senior.
However, as well as that, Townsend is also looking for a top-six finish in the Dorset Premier League and the mantle of best reserve side in the division.
There have been changes on the field during the summer in terms of new faces at the club and off it with Shaun Annett joining the coaching staff from Beaminster.
As well as that, Townsend called for the players to show a change in attitude and, so far, he is pleased with the response he has had.
“Like any reserve side, our main aim is to support the Bridport first team,” said Townsend.
“We have to give games to players that aren’t involved with the first team to make sure they are fit and ready to step up.
“Also, we’ve changed our philosophy this year.
“Last season we probably didn’t have the numbers in the squad and some of the lads got into a comfort zone where they only thought they had to turn up to get in the side.
“We’ve got a bigger pool of players now and, to be fair, the attitude of the lads is the best it has been.
“Another thing we had to change was our disciplinary record, which was abysmal last season, particularly with dissent.
“It’s time now for the older players to show maturity.”
One of the most important additions to the squad has been the arrival of young goalkeeper Billy Fleet – the Bees played as many as 10 games last season without a recognised keeper.
In the league, Bridport will be competing against Weymouth, Sherborne and Hamworthy United for the accolade of top reserve side, but above all, everything is geared towards Senior’s Western League side.
Townsend added: “It’s a new season and everyone has got a chance to impress and it’s my job to make sure they are ready if Trevor needs
“Our aim in the league is to finish in the top six and to be the top reserve team – it’s going to be like a mini league between us.
“We got to the semi-finals of the cup again last season so our aim is to go one better in that.”
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