BEES: Senior - We owe Melksham one

WELCOME RETURN: Striker Ryan Dovell

WELCOME RETURN: Striker Ryan Dovell

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BRIDPORT take their three-match unbeaten run to Melksham Town (3pm) tomorrow, with boss Trevor Senior declaring: “We owe them one.”

That fighting talk comes a month after the Bees were beaten 6-2 by the Wiltshire side in front of their own supporters at St Mary’s Field.

Since then, Bridport have gone three games without defeat, all of which have come away from home in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division.

A victory over Hengrove and draws against Bishop Sutton and Hallen has seen Bridport steady the ship following five defeats in the previous six.

Senior welcomes back striker Ryan Dovell for the trip to Melksham, while Max Buckler and Chris Senior should be available.

Sean Stewart impressed during the 0-0 draw at Hallen last time out and will be involved again this weekend.

Looking ahead to Saturday, Senior said: “We owe them one. That 6-2 defeat was our biggest at home for a long time.

“Their finishing was better than ours on the day, though I was left thinking ‘how did we lose that 6-2?’.

“We beat them in the cup and they beat us in the league, so this is the third match between us this season.

“Melksham is the fourth of four successive away games for us, and we could have had nine points out of nine so far.

“We should have beaten Bishop Sutton and Hallen. We had the lion’s share of possession and chances and should have won.

“But I would have taken three unbeaten away from home.”

Senior was delighted to come away from Hallen with a point for the first time as a manager, although it should really have been all three.

Tom Richardson, Shane Evans, Jamie Filkins and Michael Hailu all went close for the Bees, but they had to settle for a point in the end.

Bees (from): S Filkins, Morley, Hailu, Condliffe, Evans, Watts, Rh Hayter, Ry Hayter, Luke, Wise, Richardson, Stewart, J Filkins, Dovell, Senior.

n Bridport Reserves can consolidate sixth place in the Dorset Premier League tomorrow when they host Blandford United (3pm), who sit seventh in the table but were hit for nine by Hamwor-thy Recreation last time out.

Former Bees, Taunton and Tiverton striker Simon Gale is on board with the reserves for the rest of the season hav- ing signed on Wednesday night.

Adam Steele and Luke King return to the squad but Chris Herbst and Robin Jones are both unavailable.

“We want to get a bit of distance between us and them so this is a six-pointer,” said Bees’ boss Robin Townsend.

“Blandford changed managers about five games ago and had picked up some good results until last Saturday.”

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