BRIDPORT boss Jamie Manley is expecting a “tough” game for Bees when they travel to high-flying Shepton Mallet for their Toolstation Western League Premier Division Clash on Saturday (3pm).

Bees are sitting 18th in the league table while this weekend’s opponents are chasing promotion in fourth place arfter winning their last four games and Manley knows it will be a hard to end that run of form.

He said: “It will be a tough one, Shepton Mallet are a very decent side and they are on a good run at the moment as well. It’s not going to be easy and we will need to make sure that we are organised.

“Obviously with Storm Dennis it all depends on whether the pitch is going to be ok but we will still have to prepare as if the game is going to be on and we are looking forward to it.

“We have some good individual players but we need to turn up collectively as a team and that’s what we will be looking to do.”

Bridport will be unable to call on Tom Salter and Sam Handyside for this game as they are busy with work commitments and Manley said their absence will be felt: “(They are) two lads that are going to be a really big miss for us, but then that gives an opportunity to others in the squad.”

Manley is still frustrated following the 2-2 draw with Roman Glass St George: “On reflection we feel we should have had a penalty. When we are in the position we are in the difference between one point and three is huge.

“But now let’s draw a line under that and move on. It’s just one of those things and now we look ahead to Saturday’s game.”