TREVOR Senior sees no reason why Bridport cannot be a top-eight club in next season’s Western League Premier Division.
The St Mary’s Field outfit returned to training last night, less than six weeks before the big kick-off on August 9.
They will have a number of friendly fixtures between now and then, starting at home to Portland United on July 15, with which to fine tune their fitness before the league campaign gets underway.
Brothers Adam and Jamie Symes are the two notable additions to the Bridport ranks since the end of last term and Senior is “happy” with the squad he has at his disposal.
“I’m happy with what we’ve got,” said the Bees’ boss. “We have lost two good players in Chris Luke and Max Buckler but Adam and Jamie are two good replacements.
“Adam and Jamie have both been at the club before and I’m looking forward to working with them again.
“I know all about Adam, he’s a good utility player and has been training really hard.
“Jamie had two good spells with us in the past and hopefully he can add some goals to the team.”
He continued: “The lads are looking forward to getting back, especially while they are watching the World Cup.
“I never get too excited until the fixtures come out and we play our first game.
“Once the fixtures are out then we are ready to go, but before then we need to get everyone as much game time as we can in pre-season.”
Senior is tipping the likes of Sherborne and Bristol Manor Farm to be among the top sides next season, and he has high hopes for his own team.
Bridport finished 12th last season and, if they can turn more draws into wins, a higher placing could be on the cards.
“Our aim has got to be to consolidate what we did last season and then look at getting into the top-eight,” he added.
“I see no reason why we can’t do that.
“The main thing for us is to make sure we keep scoring goals.
“Our ‘goals for’ column last season was pretty good but we need to turn some draws into wins.”
Ryan Hayter will continue as Bridport captain but Lewis Clarke has decided to stay with Portland United.
Meanwhile, the club is still looking for someone to manage the third team.