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Senior takes positives from Lymington loss
THE recent wet weather may be playing havoc with the Bees’ pre-season schedule but Trevor Senior is happy with the way things are shaping up.
The Bridport boss watched his men lose 2-1 at Lymington Town on Saturday in their first friendly but was more than satisfied with the overall performance as he continues to build ahead of the forthcoming Toolstation Western League Premier Division campaign.
Senior said: “The first few friendlies are all about blowing the cobwebs out and even though we lost 2-1 in the end there were some positive signs.
“In the first half we moved it around on a real big pitch and had five or six good attempts with their keeper making a couple of good saves.
“They had opportunities too but they came more from our mistakes than good build-up play and Sam Filkins was equal to most of them.
“However, they did take the lead when one of their lads burst through the middle and forced Sam into a good save, allowing one of their other players to tuck in the rebound.
“The lad that went through actually looked offside but the flag stayed down. We then went on to equalise when Jamie Morgan cut in from the left and struck a low shot from 25 yards just inside the post.
“Ben Clarke also had three good attempts in the first half, forcing their keeper into some good saves, and Roger Cummings and Jamie Filkins, Sam’s brother, went close too.
“Unfortunately, Lymington ended up nicking one towards the end from a corner, which they won after we had given the ball away on halfway and allowed them to break on us.
“It was a disappointing goal to concede but overall I was pleased with what was a good first outing.
“This year we are going to try a change of formation and play a 4-4-2 instead of a 3-5-2 so it will be interesting to see how we go over the next few weeks.”
The match was set to take place at St Mary’s Field but it had to be moved to Hampshire due to a waterlogged pitch, which is still proving unplayable with last night’s friendly against Portland United being moved to the 3G at Redlands in Weymouth.
Senior added: “At the moment we are just pleased when we get a game on as the wet weather has really made things disjointed this year.
“Last Thursday we had to call training off and the session before that some of us trained in Bridport while others trained in Dorchester.
“It is certainly not the type of weather you expect at this time of year but like everyone else we have just had to try and get on with it and make the best of things.”
* The Bees are due to host Hillingdon Borough on Saturday at St Mary’s Field (3pm).