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Bridport set for more disruption
BRIDPORT’S frustrating season could be facing yet more disruption this weekend, according to manager Trevor Senior.
After last Saturday’s home match against Gillingham Town was called off an hour before kick-off, Tuesday’s trip to Ilfracombe Town went the same way.
And although the Bees are set to host Buckland Athletic on Saturday (3pm), the St Mary’s Field pitch has not coped well with the recent rain and it is looking doubtful as to whether it will see any action this weekend.
“With the water we’ve had on our pitch it’s touch and go for Saturday,” said Senior. “It’s all been disappointing over the last few days.
“We’d have liked to have played Ilfracombe, just to get another game out of the way.
“That’s now another one we’ve got to fit in somewhere and it’s one more that Jamie Symes doesn’t get to play in while he’s on loan with us.”
One positive to come from Tuesday’s postponement is that Sam Filkins, Russell Legg and Ryan Hayter, who were unavailable for the trip to Devon, can come back on Saturday without having missed a game.
They face a side they have played twice so far this season, losing on both occasions, 2-1 in the FA Cup and 3-2 in the league.
“I thought they were one of the best sides in the division and expect them to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season,” added Senior.
Above all, Senior just wants his players to get some game time, something they were unable to do last Saturday despite the Bridport and Gillingham players eager to get the match going.
Senior is also trying to extend Jamie Symes’s loan deal which is set to run out after the visit of Buckland.
Despite moving back to Bridport for five weeks the inclement weather has limited Symes to just one appearance, that coming in the 2-0 reverse at Odd Down (Bath).
The arrival of Kieffer Moore at Symes’s parent club Dorchester Town suggests his chances of first-team football at the Avenue would continue to be limited were he to go back after Saturday's clash.
Bees (from): S Filkins, C Clarke, Evans, S Buckler, Hayter, Luke, Wise, Dovell, Symes, Hailu, B Clarke, Legg