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BEES: Senior in consistency call
BRIDPORT v SLIMBRIDGE
TREVOR Senior wants to see a 90-minute performance from his team when they take on Slimbridge at St Mary’s Field tomorrow (3pm).
Senior feels the Bees are close to stringing together a run of positive results in the Toolstation Western League Premier Divi-sion, but at the moment they can’t seem to find the winning formula.
Bridport delivered a strong second-half display at Bristol Manor Farm last time out but, in the end, returned to West Dorset with nothing to show for their efforts.
Goals from Darren Watts and Ryan Dovell, who will be fit for the Slimbridge clash despite coming off with a knee injury in Bristol, weren’t enough to prevent back-to-back league defeats.
Premier Division new boys Slimbridge aren’t in the greatest form either and sit one place off the foot of the table following a 4-2 reverse against Bishop Sutton last Saturday.
“We need to tidy things up at the back, but to be fair, our defence has been quite good this season,” said Senior.
“We made a couple of mistakes on Saturday but we are not far away from getting on a run and the lads are confident enough.
“The lads were great in the second half on Saturday and we just need to be on it for the full 90, which is not what we are doing at the moment.
“It seems to be one good half and one bad half, so if we can be more consistent we will start picking up points.”
Jamie Filkins is unavailable tomorrow so Chris Senior, who came off the bench in Bristol and nearly found a late equaliser for Bridport, will come in at right-back, and there could be a new face in the Bridport squad.
Chard centre-back Mark Scott was the subject of a seven-day approach from the Bees’ manager and the two have held talks this week.
Matt Morley returns and having a fit Dovell is crucial too after he demonstrated his potency at Bristol Manor Farm, converting a Dan Wise cross to make it 1-1 before the hosts eventually ran out 3-2 winners.
While Bridport have 10 points from 11 games this term, Slimbridge, promoted at the end of last season, have six from a couple of victories and are taking time to find their feet at this level.
“I don’t know much about Slimbridge but what I do know is that we’ve got to move on from last Saturday and pick up three points,” added Senior.
Bees (from): S Filkins, Senior, Staines, Evans, C Clarke, Watts, Hayter, Luke, Wise, Richardson, M Buckler, Dovell, Condliffe, Morley
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