Bridport looking to delay relegation against Mousehole

Interim BRIDPORT boss Shaun Annetts is facing a selection headache ahead of a must-win game at Mousehole on Saturday (3pm).

To avoid relegation from the Toolstation Western League Premier Division, the Bees must win their remaining six games and hope that 17th-placed Street takes no points in their remaining 10 games.

However, with the Cobblers hosting 18th-placed Ashton & Backwell United, Bridport knows a win might not be enough if Street and Ashton were to draw.

If Ashton won, the Bees would have to win all of their remaining games and close a 105-goal deficit in five games — a nearly impossible task.

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It means Bridport’s Stage 5 status hangs by a mathematical thread and, facing a long trip to Cornwall, many members of the Bees squad are unavailable.

Annetts are fully focused on fielding their strongest XI available, relegation image aside.

He told the Bridport News: “It’s tough, the journey to Mousehole is a long one.

“It involves an early start and a late finish. Some of the players we have are not prepared for this kind of trip due to work commitments in some cases.

“It’s not going to be easy to get a team out, it’s a shame after the good performance and the good result on Saturday (2-2 against Brislington).

“I’m not sure the trip to Mousehole is a good time to play there, but it’s not the best time. We’ll do our best.

Mousehole currently sits third in the standings and could overtake leaders Tavistock if they win all three of their games in hand.

Annetts said: “They are fine and they beat us comfortably at home several weeks ago.

“We knew it would be a difficult task, but the fact that we were unavailable for different reasons made life difficult for me.

“The club did everything they could and arranged for the reserve team to have no game.

“Even some of these guys who are well are not all available to play for such a long day.

“I don’t know if it’s the right time to say it but playing at this level involves a certain level of commitment and availability.”

Bees skipper Jake Owen (knee) is doubtful, while fellow centre-halves Dan Baggs, Jake Hawker and Ryan Gall are all unavailable.

Annetts added: “The center of the back four is where I struggle a bit, but I still have a few days to try to pull rabbits out of hats and fill those positions.”

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