BRIDPORT FC have parted ways with their management team following a difficult start to their season.

Jamie Manley and Kevin Leigh have stepped down from their positions of manager and assistant manager, respectively.

The decision was made following a meeting with club chairman, Adrian Scadding, over the team's recent run of bad form.

Following their 5-0 defeat to Hallen on Saturday, the Bees are currently sitting at second from bottom in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division.

They were due to host Bradford town this weekend before the announcement of the second national lockdown led to the cancellation of non-league football for the next month.

Manley said: "We felt it was the right time to step away.

“It’s a results business and at the end of the day we weren’t getting the results. It has been a struggle trying to attract players to come down to Bridport. At the end of the day the results didn’t materialise.

"We tried our best but it hasn’t worked out how we would have liked it, unfortunately we just didn't get the results ourselves and the supporters were looking for.

"I want to wish the club all the best going forward. It's a great club with fantastic supporters, great volunteers who work behind the scenes and a great committee."

Manley and Leigh have been at the club since September 2019 and during their spell have had to deal with the break in football due to the first lockdown and additional Covid restrictions coming out of it.

Manley added: "It's been a tough job with everything that's been going on since we came to the club.

"They have 4 weeks to find a new replacement and I'm sure they'll have plenty of suitors.

"I wish my successor the very best. Hopefully they can bring success to the club and help them to rebuild and push forward a bit.

"I will definitely try to come down to watch a few games in future."

Club Chairman, Mr Scadding, said: “Myself and everyone at Bridport FC wish them both the best of luck in whatever they do in the future”