BRIDPORT manager Jamie Manley will “hope for the best” against in-form Buckland Athletic in their Toolstation Western League Premier Division tussle tonight (7.30pm).

Still searching for their first point of the new season, the Bees visit an unbeaten Bucks side who sit in fourth with two victories from three games.

And Manley admitted his squad would be pushed to the limit in Devon.

He said: “It’s never easy going to Buckland, they’re a good side.

“It would be nice to go there and get something out of the game and we’ll give it our best.

“As long as the lads give it their all, I’ll be happy. It’s not going to be easy but we’ll hope for the best.”

However, Bridport will be encouraged by strong performances in defeat to 2019 Western League champions Willand Rovers and much-fancied Street.

Manley said: “Willand was a good game – obviously we didn’t get anything out of it but the commitment from the lads was superb.

“It was exactly the same against Street. We’re disappointed we got nothing out of that game, which shows we are going in the right direction.

“There’s never an easy game in the Western League. We’ve got to make sure we’re raring to go.”

Bridport Reserves goalkeeper Jordon Scadding replaces Scott Wells-Burr (work).

Darren Lock and Lewis Clarke also have work commitments. Liam Sayers (hamstring) remains out.