BRIDPORT boss Jamie Manley admits he is surprised to see Odd Down at the bottom of the Toolstation Western League Premier Division ahead of their clash at St Mary’s Field on Saturday (3pm).

Down were champions in the 2015-16 season but have since sunk to prop up the league in the current campaign, scoring just 10 points from 22 games.

Bridport’s placing of 19th with 13 points from 23 matches is little better, but the Bees could extend that gap to six points with victory at the weekend.

Manley told the Bridport News: “They won the league four seasons ago, so they’ve been up there or thereabouts for a few years.

“It can happen like that. Look at Bishops Sutton (seven) years ago. They won the league and then the next year all their players left and they got relegated (in 2014-15).

“I’m a little surprised with where Odd Down are, obviously Bath’s on their doorstep with a big catchment area to get players coming in.

“It’s just one of those things. We’ll try to look after ourselves and try not to worry about what everyone else is doing.”

Manley added: “Over the last few weeks we’ve really put teams under pressure and we’re not a walkover any more.

“It’s a massive game Saturday. My lads will be up for it and if we can take the chances we’ve been creating we can come away with three points.”

Bridport were due to visit Odd Down on Tuesday evening until a frozen pitch forced the fixture’s second postponement.

The initial game was called off following the discovery of a body in Odd Down’s car park.

Stephen Friend (broken ribs) is Bridport’s sole absentee.