BEES: Senior preparing for a selection headache

POSITIVE: Matt Morley, right, takes on a Frome defender

POSITIVE: Matt Morley, right, takes on a Frome defender

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TREVOR Senior admits he faces a “massive selection headache” if all of his squad are fit for the first game of the new league campaign next Saturday.

The Bridport chief has been impressed with his side’s performances in pre-season, particularly last Saturday’s against Frome Town when the Bees were missing four key players.

And with Ryan Hayter, Dan Wise, Chris Senior and Chris Clarke ready to come back into the squad, Senior could have a selection quandary for the club’s Western League Premier Division opener on August 9.

Add to that the likes of Tristan Gale, Rhys Hayter and Gary Bulman from the reserves and Senior will be given some serious thinking to do before he picks his team for the clash with Melksham Town in nine days.

“If everybody is fit come the start of the season then I have got a massive selection headache,” he said.

“I’ve got a squad of some 18 players, plus one or two others that can come in from the reserves, and they have all been doing well in pre-season.

“I can’t fault anybody at the moment and there is not one weak link in the squad.

“Trying to keep everyone happy during the season will be the key thing.

“Everyone wants to play in the first team, but it’s a long season and there are plenty of games ahead of us for people to get their chance.”

The Bees travel to Dorset Senior League side Balti House tonight (7pm) before entertaining Wincanton on Saturday in their final pre-season fixture before the big kick-off.

Senior will be looking for more positive displays in those two encounters, just like the one he saw last Saturday when Southern League outfit Frome were held to a 2-2 draw at St Mary’s Field.

Ryan Dovell gave the Bees the lead from the penalty spot after he had been felled in the area.

Frome levelled when a cross from the right went straight into the far corner of the Bridport net.

But Tom Richardson made it 2-1 to the hosts before the break, converting from close range following a goalmouth scramble.

The Bees played some nice football in the second half but the only goal came from the visitors to force a draw.

“It was a very good game and I was really pleased with how we played,” added Senior.

“I expected more from Frome, to be fair.

“I thought we dominated the first half and came in 2-1 up, though our penalty was a bit dubious.

“We played some good stuff in the second half, though Frome had a little bit more of the game.”

When comparing Frome and Dorchester, who the Bees lost to the previous week, Senior said: “Out of the two sides I would give Dorchester the edge.

“Frome had a couple of players missing but it was pretty much their full side.

“I was actually quite disappointed in them.”

Senior also confirmed that Alan Hill is going travelling in September and so will not be available to play for Bridport for around three months of next season.

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