BRIDPORT assistant-manager Paddy Behan is optimistic ahead of a challenging trip to Odd Down in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division on Saturday (3pm).

Last season, the Bees completed the double over the Down and Behan’s men go into the contest having won each of their past three league games, most recently a 3-2 win at Hallen.

Speaking to the Bridport News regarding the task ahead, Behan feels Bridport’s reputation as a strong outfit is well-known throughout the league.

He said: “We’ve got to go up there confident because we’re a good side and I think everyone in that league knows.

“Odd Down are always a physically strong side, they’ve got some good quality players there. You look at their results and they’re hard to beat.

“They don’t go and thump sides – you look at their goals for and against they’re very similar. It’s either 2-1 or a 1-0, that’s the sort of side they are. They’re not getting turned over by anyone.

“They’re a hard-working side. We’ve always done pretty well against them, we always get results against them.

“I wouldn’t say they’re as strong as they have been in previous years, but maybe they’ve matched that now with a bit more work rate.

“They’ve still got some decent players but not your Troy Simpsons or Simon Gilberts – lots of those have moved on.”

Left-back Lee Sweet is available after suspension, as could Matt Condliffe. Leighton Thomas, Richard Hebditch and Sam Clark remain out.