BRIDPORT assistant-manager Paddy Behan is expecting a direct battle when they host Warminster Town in the FA Vase second qualifying round on Saturday (3pm).

Behan admits they do not know much about their opponents, who play in the league below Bridport, but says they have done their research.

Behan said: “I don’t know much about them other than their manager, we played against him when we were at Chard. They will be a big, physical side.

“We have spoken to a couple of teams and managers that have played against them this season and they said that Warminster are very, very direct. Back to front very quickly.

“From our point of view we are pretty solid and hopefully our sort of game will take over but it is never an easy one. Especially if you don’t know exactly what you are playing against.”

Referring to their result on Saturday, which saw Warminster smash Bristol Telephones 7-1, Behan added: “So they will be buzzing as well.”

Bridport come into the match on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Tiverton Town in the FA Cup first qualifying round on Saturday in which the Bees banged furiously on the door but could not get a breakthrough.

There will be a late check on Chris McGrath who has an achilles problem, while Matt Condliffe has been ruled out for another three weeks with blurred vision following an injury picked up in pre-season.

James Regan is set to return to the Bridport fold following the conclusion of the cricket season and Richard Hebditch could be back for the Bees.