BRIDPORT boss Rich Robson says he aims to add quality in certain areas for his squad, speaking after his side lost 4-1 at home to Portland United on Tuesday in a pre-season friendly.

An early Tom Richardson goal initially handed the Bees a lead, but the Blues came back strongly with strikes from Jamie Symes, a trialist, Mo Heraka and Lance Wilson.

Robson told the Bridport News: “As pre-season is it is not really ever about the result, so what we were looking at is the quality and the exercise and the fitness and trying to get ourselves sorted with a system.

“There was glimpses of it, so for us this was going to be a benchmark to see where we are at and I would say we are still some distance off.

“We know the areas where we are missing quality and we are going to be sorting that out. We have been having conversations with players to sort that out, so hopefully that will be sorted by the end of the week.”

Robson praised Portland for their performance, but was encouraged by what he saw from the Bees.

Robson added: “When you are playing against quality like Portland, those players have been together for a very, very long time. They will expose your weaknesses and show where you are lacking quality and it has shown a little bit.

“That being said we scored in the first five minutes from a move that we had been working on so it is those glimpses of what we are looking for now. We are not expecting anywhere near the finished article.

“That is the first time that 11 has played together and against a very accomplished side and I don’t think anyone really let themselves down.”