BRIDPORT assistant-manager Kevin Leigh wants a “response” to Saturday’s 5-0 defeat to Buckland Athletic when the Bees entertain Clevedon Town on Saturday (3pm).

Leigh will again oversee Bridport at St Mary’s Field with boss Jamie Manley set to serve the second of a four-match stadium ban.

Bridport will face Clevedon for a second time this season after losing 4-3 in a dramatic game in Somerset, which proved to be Rich Robson’s last at the helm.

While Clevedon are placed three spots higher than Buckland in ninth, Leigh expects the Bees to compete strongly.

He told the Bridport News: “We always look for a response. We’ve played well against the top sides and since the 9-2 (loss) against Street we have improved.

“Hopefully they’ll turn up – it’s just one of those things. Buckland were a very good side and we didn’t do well on the day collectively.

“It’s competing, getting a bit closer. Gary McAuley (first-team coach), says Clevedon are not a bad side. They get the ball down and play football.”

Bridport could welcome back three players for the clash.

Leigh said: Gally (Ryan Gall) and (Tony) Pinder should be back. Jamie Barfoot came off with 20 minutes to go with a tight hamstring, but he should be OK.

“Steve Friend should be back with us next Tuesday. It’s just about turning up, really. We’ve still got 13 games to go. It would be nice to have another game before Wellington on Tuesday.”

Bridport striker Lewis Clarke is doubtful with a calf injury.