BRIDPORT boss Jamie Manley admits the Bees’ Toolstation Western League Premier Division clash with Wellington today (1pm) is high stakes for both teams.

Manley’s men entertain the Tangerines at St Mary’s Field with just two points separating the sides – Bridport in 18th and Wellington in 19th – but the Somerset strugglers have one game in hand.

A win for the Bees would put daylight between them and the bottom three, although Manley stated Wellington will have the same objective.

“That would be nice, but they’re thinking exactly the same as us,” he told the Bridport News.

“It’s not going to be an easy game, there’s no doubt about that, but we’ll give it our all and if we turn up like the last couple of games we’ll be there or thereabouts.

“We’ve done really well. I know we’ve conceded a few, but we’ve played against top sides and also created plenty of chances ourselves and played some decent football.

“That’s what we’ll be looking to do against Wellington.”

He added: “I should imagine it will be a battle. As long as my lot work hard and put the effort in, we’ve got some quality that can hurt sides and we can score goals.

“I’m not too worried about how Wellington play. I want to get ourselves set up right, make sure we do the right things in the right areas and put our style of play onto the game.

“It’s all down to us, it’s what we do when we have the ball and make sure when Wellington do have it, our shape’s right and we win the ball back high up the park as quickly as possible.”

Bridport have a full-strength squad to choose from, with Tom Salter and Sam Handyside available, while Ben Haines could make his debut.