BRIDPORT boss Jamie Manley has labelled the Bees’ Toolstation Western League Premier Division contest with Chipping Sodbury Town at St Mary’s Field on Saturday (3pm) as a “big game”.

The bottom-of-the-table clash could have sizeable ramifications on the league table, with Bridport sitting in 20th and Town in 21st.

Separated by just three points, although Sodbury have two games in hand, the duo could either be level or distanced by six points come 5pm on Saturday.

Speaking to the Bridport News, Manley said: “It’s a big game, both of us are scrapping down the bottom so we’ll both fancy our chances.

“We had a great result when we went up there and beat them 4-0 in my first game in charge. We know it’s not going to be easy and we’ll give it our best shot. We’re both in the same boat.

“They’re going to be looking at the fixture and thinking ‘we can get something out of this game’, exactly like we are.

“There are no givens in this league, so if we turn up and perform we should get something out of the game.”

Manley’s focus remains on the Bees, dismissing the notion of retribution for the earlier victory over Town in late September.

“I’m not too worried about what Chipping Sodbury do, it’s what we do,” Manley insisted.

“I thought we played really well last week (against Tavistock), probably one of our best performances of the season. If we can take the (positives) into this week’s game we’ll be there or thereabouts.”

Ryan Dovell and Tom Richardson return, but Nathan Warren (hamstring) is a doubt.