BRIDGWATER United's match in the Toolstation Western League against Street was postponed on the weekend so we caught up with manager Dave Pearse to discuss the season so far.

Currently Bridgwater sit in sixth place in the league and have three games in hand on first placed Tavistock; Pearse said that he is happy with the team but there is still room for improvement.

"We have had some good form in parts this season and it has taken us to sixth place, which is a decent start but there is still more improvement in this squad."

"I think if we can be more consistent and focussed we can challenge higher up the table still," Pearse said.

Bridgwater Mercury: Photo: Debbie GouldPhoto: Debbie Gould

Bridgwater started the season with a 3-4 loss at home against Buckland Athletic, then a 0-0 draw against Bitton and a 2-1 away win over Tavistock.

These games are important to note because the top three teams in the league after the opening three months are Buckland, Bitton and Tavistock.

"Losing the first game against Buckland was not ideal however the following two results proved to me that we can compete with the best in this league," Pearse said.

"To get four points in those opening games against who would go on to be the league leaders was good."

After the opening day defeat, Bridgwater in fact went on a seven game unbeaten run, in the league and also in the FA Cup.

However away to Street on August 30 saw their form turn and the start of a spell where the Robins went six games without a win.

This spell, or blip in form as Pearse calls it, saw Bridgwater bow out of the FA Cup and Somerset Premier Cup as well as falling down the league table.

"From the Street game onwards we had a bad run of form and in that time our discipline went out the window," Pearse said.

Bridgwater Mercury: The comradery in the squad is at a high (Photo: Debbie Gould)The comradery in the squad is at a high (Photo: Debbie Gould)

"It was a tough period for the team, we had some injuries and suspended players however we were not at our best and I told the players it is up to you to turn it around."

"I knew the ability we have in the squad it was just about getting them to believe."

The turning point came at half time of the Millbrook game, the Robins found themselves 3-0 down in front of a fierce crowd and in the second half fought back to draw the game 3-3.

"The second half at Millbrook is in my opinion the turning point, we played amazing in that half and the boys showed the fight they have in them."

"Since then we are unbeaten in four, in fact all of October, 7-0 against Brislington, 6-2 at home to Mousehole, 3-0 aw Wellington and then a strong draw against Tavistock," Pearse said.

The hot streak has taken Bridgwater to their current league position and makes them one of the form teams in the competition.


Add in two new signings in centre back Sam Hedges and winger Cameron Gauci and there is a lot of promise in the team.

Bridgwater face Millbrook at home this weekend, kick off is 3pm Saturday at Fairfax Park.