Wellington will hope for an improved performance on Saturday as they travel to Bridport in the FA Cup extra preliminary round (ko 3pm).

The Tangerines saw two men sent off in their opening Western League Premier Division fixture, a 3-1 reverse at Westbury United, and are in for another stern test this weekend.

Should Wellington beat their Premier Division fellows, they will earn £2,250 in prize money; the losing side will take £750.

Reflecting on Saturday’s defeat, Tangerines boss Clive Jones said: “We let ourselves down with our ill discipline - you won’t win many games with nine men.

“I always try and defend my players but I can have no complaints with either red card.

“The two suspensions leave us a bit thin on the ground so I will have to look around and see if I can bring anyone in.

“It will be a difficult challenge for us - Bridport are a good, tough side - but we will go up there, give it our best and hope to cause a bit of a shock.” 

BISHOPS Lydeard bounced back from their opening day defeat with a 3-0 win over Wells City on Wednesday night.

The second in a run of three successive home games comes this Saturday, with Chippenham Park the visitors.

STAPLEGROVE begin their new season away to Winscombe on Saturday (ko 3pm), after a tumultuous summer.

Following their relegation to Division 1 of the Somerset County League last season, manager Karl Lindsay resigned, to be replaced by Kirk Reece.

Reece took Grove into the County League five years ago, from the Taunton Saturday League, and earned promotion each season to reach the Premier Division.

They’re hoping for an instant return to the top flight this campaign, and has a new-look squad at his disposal – with only four regulars remaining from last season.

The same goes for Staplegrove Reserves (or Crusaders), with incoming boss Jordan Ireland set to field a batch of new players in Division 3 of the Saturday League.

As for the first team, they have played two friendlies – beating Burnham United 4-2 and Ilminster Town 3-2 – and were due to play a third last night (Wednesday) against Middlezoy Rovers.

The Winscombe match is the first of three away games to start the season for Grove, as they then go to Minehead on August 18 and Burnham on August 25.

Their first home match is at home to Parson Street Old Boys in the Somerset Senior Cup on September 1.

MINEHEAD AFC start their Division 1 challenge at home to Burnham United this Saturday (ko 3pm).

The West Somerset team finished sixth last season, and Burnham eighth.

In the Premier Division, Watchet Town will look to go one better than last year’s second-placed finish.

Their season opener is at Odd Down Reserves on Saturday (ko 3pm).