BRIDPORT boss John Godbold has labelled the Bees’ clash with fellow strugglers Wellington on Boxing Day (1pm) as a ‘big game’.

Wellington are one place and six points above the Bees in 19th in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division as the two sides come together for the first time this season.

Bridport do have four games in hand on the Tangerines and the importance of the meeting is not lost on former Wimbledon centre-back Godbold.

Ahead of his debut in the dugout, he said: “It’s a very big game.

“More importantly for us, things have gone really well. We’ve managed to have some good training sessions, even though we’ve had to battle against all the things that have been going on.

“We’ve had three or four sessions, had 25 players there, which is great. Everyone that wants to be involved is there.

“Now, we want games so we can start to have a look at where we’re at in terms of our development.

“I can’t wait. I just hope that the rain doesn’t spoil it again, because we were good to go (on Saturday).

“Everyone’s fit, which is nice, so we’re looking forward to it.

“We’ve had a few niggles and injuries but everyone’s good to go.

“Of course, the reserves won last week, so that gives everyone at the club a real buzz.”

Godbold has brought in at least three new players for the Bees.

However, they will be without the likes of Lewis Clarke and Dec Cornish after their moves to Portland United and Sherborne Town respectively.