BRIDGWATER Town co-manager Dave Pearse said he “can’t wait" for tomorrow's game, as the Robins prepare to host Melksham Town in the third round of the Buildbase FA Vase (ko 3pm).

“We’re excited,” Pearse said.

“There should be a fair few supporters from both sides, and we go in with confidence.

“At the last few home games, the supporters have been very positive, all getting behind the team – that could be the difference on Saturday.”

Key frontman Jack Taylor misses out for the Robins, having suffered a broken collarbone in last Saturday's match that will keep him on the sidelines for around six weeks.

"It's a blow, as he's been in such good form, and we hope he makes a speedy recover," said Pearse.

"But Ryan Burrows is back and Syd Camper is fully fit now, so we're lucky to have a squad which takes care of itself."

Melksham are third in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division, three places above the Robins, but the sides are yet to meet this season.

Pearse said: “They’re a strong and physical side, with a lot of experienced players who have been together a while and played in the Southern League.

“But it’s good to play them at home; at the moment I’d back us against anyone.

"If you'd said in July that we'd be sixth in the league and still in the Vase, I'd have laughed my head off - but we're in a great position, and December is massive month for us."

There’s £1,125 in prize money on offer for the winners of the tie, but Pearse added: “I don’t worry about the money; we just want to go as far as we can in the competition, and get another away trip or draw a bigger team at home.”


ALSO tomorrow, Middlezoy Rovers host Clevedon United in the Somerset County League Premier Division (ko 2pm).

Bridgwater Town Reserves are without a weekend match, but they host Staplegrove on Wednesday night (December 6, ko 7.45pm).