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BEES: Inconsistency is a concern for Senior
THE Bees may have won their last two games but Trevor Senior is still after a bit of continuity.
Cup victories over Melksham Town and Sherborne Town over the past week have provided a welcome boost but it is clear more work needs to be done if the club’s current ranks are to realise their potential.
Bridport boss Senior said: “Those two home wins on the trot have kept our interest going in two cups, which is a very positive thing, but for some reason we are still only performing in one half.
“We are very much a 45-minute team at the moment and we need to change that into 90 minutes.”
Bridport arguably possess their strongest squad for several years but have rarely been able to field the same side twice, which Senior believes has been one of the main reasons behind their inconsistent start to the season.
He added: “There is just far too much going on in people’s lives at the moment.
“Ten years ago, players rarely missed a game but nowadays it is very different and as a manager, you now have to plan for that.
“You need to have a good squad, which we have, but it is still hard to get any continuity in the team.
“For example we have fielded three different keepers in the last three games and that just sums it up really. A lot of it comes down to work and university commitments but players’ priorities have also changed.
“People wouldn’t have dreamed of going on holiday during the football season at one time but it is very different now and it is just something we have to deal with.”
Two strikes in the last eight minutes were enough to see off Melk-sham in the Les Phillips Cup last Saturday.
Darren Watts broke the deadlock in the 78th minute before an own goal made it 2-0.
Meanwhile, the Sherborne clash on Tuesday night required extra-time with Matt Morley bagging the winner.
Ryan Dovell and Chris Luke also found the target for the Bees while Sherborne netted through Matt Day and Hayden Binding.
Commenting on that 3-2 victory, Senior added: “It was not the best of games and a bit scrappy throughout. I am not one to criticise officials but the amount of bookings was just incredible.
“We picked up three and I think every one of their players, bar two, were cautioned as well, and it wasn’t even that type of game.
“Their manager and his assistant also got sent to the dressing room while one of their lads (Binding) picked up a second yellow and got sent off.
“It was just one of those where we needed to keep our cool and not get involved, and the fact we did that and kept the momentum going from the win over Melksham was very pleasing.”
The Bees are also at home this Saturday when Radstock Town visit in the Toolstation Western Premier Division (3pm).
Tom Richardson and Max Buckler could return while Chris Senior and Shane Evans are both doubts.
Bees (from): S Filkins, Floyd, J Filkins, C Senior, C Clarke, Evans, M Buckler, Scott, Steele, Hayter, Luke, Morley, Wise, Watts, Dovell, Condliffe, Legg, Richardson.
*Next up for the Bees in the Dorset Senior Cup is a trip to Weymouth in the quarter-finals (date to be announced).
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