BRIDGWATER Town manager Richard Fey praised the performance of his patched-up side after they beat rivals Taunton Town 3-1 on Tuesday night (March 18).

The Robins were without five key players through injury and illness – and Fey himself was forced to keep up to date with the action via mobile phone, after a bout of flu left him bedridden.

Karin Rendell scored twice for the Robins and Kyle Tooze added a third late on – and Fey said he was “proud” of his players, whilst highlighting the challenge they face against Tiverton this Saturday (March 22, 3pm KO).

He said: “Whilst in my sick bed I had calls off of Page and Knighton to say they were off work with the flu - then to find out Rudge, Robertson and Bater couldn't take part due to injuries, we were without five big players who all started for us at Swindon on Saturday, as well as our two main centre forwards.

“It was an outstanding result whilst down to bare bones.

“We now face the task of getting the boys back ready for another derby when Tiverton visit us Saturday.

“Tiverton have the biggest squad in the league and have signed some very good players as their budget allows them too, and I would think they are disappointed where they are in the table - as them and Merthyr, in my opinion, should be battling out to win the league.

“They still have games in hand and will finish in the play offs but we’re looking forward to another derby against one of the best teams in the league.”