Influx of midweek games to come

Bridport boss Adam Fricker expects an influx of midweek games to come their way until the season’s end after the Bees suffered a third postponement in seven days due to a waterlogged pitch.

Fricker’s men were scheduled to play Chipping Sodbury Town at St Mary’s Field in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division last weekend but the match was cancelled, adding to earlier postponements against Bitton and Longwell Green Sports.

Fricker described the situation as “very frustrating”, one that had forced his players to train on Saturday morning instead.

He said: “We managed to get a 3G pitch in Axminster and a couple of the lads got some minutes in the reserves so it wasn’t that bad.

“But it was very frustrating; the pitch was heavy and it probably would have been a bit of a leveller. It’s frustrating that the last three games have been cancelled and we’re behind with fixtures as it is.

“We’re going to get an influx of midweek games until the end of the season that’s for sure. It’s just something that we’ll need to manage and get through.”

Fricker admits the fixture pile-up could work in Bridport’s favour with a 17-man squad facilitating player rotation.

He said: “If we can keep the squad and everyone fit we have an opportunity to rotate and give everyone a chance with two or three games a week, so it helps to a certain extent.

“When you play midweek you can have a couple of lads who struggle to play both Saturdays and Wednesdays.”

When asked of the biggest challenge a two-week break presents to a manager, Fricker was unequivocal.

“It’s the match fitness,” he replied, “although at least the lads are honest and do their own stuff.

“They worked hard for 30 minutes on Saturday and played some football but that will never replicate a game.”

Fricker also revealed that he has no immediate plans to add to his squad.

“We’ve got a lot of strength in depth and we brought in Jon Vance, who has played one game for us, just before the postponements,” the Bees boss stated.

“Daniel Peach is back from travelling in the next couple of weeks as well and he’s another key player for us.”

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