BRIDPORT boss John Godbold is itching to take charge of his first competitive fixture at the Bees when Cribbs visit St Mary’s Field on Saturday (3pm).

Godbold has waited over a month to oversee his new side after succeeding Jamie Manley as manager in early November.

Bridport Reserves have played twice since the second national lockdown and Godbold watched both games as he familiarises himself with the Bees’ squad.

And the former Wimbledon and Chelsea centre-half is raring to go after a “strange” start to his tenure.

He said: “I can’t wait to get going, it’s been a long time!

“It’s been crazy. The reserves played Merley Cobham twice, so we put a few first-team players into that team and it gave me a chance to see a couple of people.

“It was a good test and I could have a good look at two or three who could be in the squad come Saturday.

“It’s been strange, frustrating.

“When you compare it to everything else that’s going on, it’s nothing at all.

“You just have to put it into perspective.”

Godbold has studied footage of Cribbs in action, and added: “I’ve had a good look at that, but it’s very hard to tell because everyone’s in the same situation.

“They’re lying third and are a good, established team. From our perspective it’s a really good first indicator and will certainly let us know where we are.”

Liam Sayers (hamstring) is a minor doubt, while Bridport are working on “five or six” deals for players.