BRIDPORT manager Jamie Manley promised the Bees will give Cadbury Heath their “best shot” ahead of a crucial Toolstation Western League Premier Division clash on Saturday (3pm).

Under previous boss Rich Robson, the Bees picked up their sole win at Cadbury Heath – a 2-1 victory – before Manley took up the helm.

With Bridport in 20th and the Heathens in 15th, separated by just five points, Manley is hoping to gain on the Bristol-based side.

He told the Bridport News: “There’s games that all the clubs down the bottom will be looking at and thinking ‘we can get something out of this’.

“We’re no different to anyone else, well give it our best shot and hopefully we’ll have enough to get something out of the game.

“We’ve got a few lads missing which is disappointing – we could’ve done with a full side out – but that’s just how it is.

“I don’t think players are as committed as they used to be – I think every manager will say that at this level.

“It’s not easy, but it gives others an opportunity to come in and play.”

Bridport are expected to be without Stephen Friend (work) plus unavailable trio Max Westlake, Tony Pinder and Nathan Warren.

However, experienced duo Ryan Dovell and Tom Richardson are in contention to return.

Elsewhere, Bridport Reserves travel to the Clayson Stadium to face Dorchester Sports on Saturday (2pm) in the Dorset Premier League.