Toolstation Western Football League
Published 25th December 2012
....problems at the Toolstation Western League Premier Division club.
Bridport`s Boxing Day derby with Gillingham Town has already fallen victim to the wet weather.
The game, scheduled for Wednesday, was postponed because St Mary's Field is still waterlogged.
Senior wanted to see a big crowd against Gillingham to boost the team’s fortunes both on the field and off it.
A lack of home games in the first half of the campaign – six out of eighteen – has meant less money coming into the club, resulting in Senior’s playing budget being cut. The postponement of last Saturday’s clash at home against bottom-of-the-table Barnstaple Town would have only added to the club’s troubles.
But the Gillingham match disappearing on a day when they would have expected a good crowd has only increased Senior`s woes.
Senior was told of the budget cut at a meeting with the club’s committee last week and has since spoken to the players about the planned changes.
He says he fully appreciates the club’s position, wants to do all he can for his players and revealed that his offer to leave Bridport, if it would help the club, was turned down.
“The lack of home games so far this season has taken its toll,” he said. “Our treasurer has had to look at it and there just isn’t enough money coming in while we’ve still had to pay for things like mini-buses to get to away games.
“We don’t want to get to a stage where we can’t afford to keep going.
“We’ve got to rally round and hopefully the situation will change.
“The big test will be is to see if we lose many players because of this.”
He added: “Bridport isn’t a club that pays out masses amounts of money - it’s mainly for expenses like fuel.
“Players play for the club because they enjoy it but we do have guys coming from Gloucestershire, Southamp-ton and Yeovil, which all adds up.
“We don’t want it to get to a situation where it would be better for them to play for a team that’s closer to where they live. People get out of the habit of coming every other week so when we have to pay the players travelling expenses it cripples us, but they’ve got to be covered.
“I did ask the committee that, if it would help the club and they wanted to go a different way, would they want me to leave but they didn’t want that.”
A downturn in the number of private functions being held at the club and money spent keeping the ground up to league standard has also caused problems.
Bridport’s next game at home will be on January 5th against promotion-chasing Street.
Home or away, the Bees need an upturn in fortunes on the pitch with only four wins this season leaving them two places off the foot of the table.