BRIDGWATER United have enjoyed a strong start to the 2023/24 Toolstation Western League campaign.

Currently the Robins sit in fifth place in the league table on 22 points. League leaders Helston Athletic have 25 points, however they have played two more games than Bridgwater.

In fact, Bridgwater have played only nine fixtures so far, the least in the league, so to sit three points off the top is impressive.

In those nine games, Bridgwater have won seven, drawn one and lost one scoring 35 goals in those matches.

Manager Dave Pearse said he feels like the strength in this squad lies in the versatility and depth.

He said: "In pre-season we spoke about how we want to play and what we want from the players. I wasn't happy with playing just one way.

"I think at the start of last season we played one way and couldn't play any others, however this season the players are so adaptable and we can switch between two or three formations in every game.

"It seems to work, and if it doesn't we switch back. At the moment we are in a great position but it is very early days."

Pearse added that he is happy focussing on one league game at a time for now.

"It is only October, the Cup games haven't really started yet either, as long as in the league we are picking up three points and we are focussed and playing with desire, then I am happy."

The Robins were due to play Nailsea and Tickenham on Friday (October 13) at Fairfax Park but a waterlogged pitch meant that game was postponed.

Not for long though, as the game is now to be played on Tuesday, October 17 at home for a 7.30pm kick off.

Pearse said he expects a tough challenge out of Nailsea and Tickenham.

"They are a dangerous side, they score goals. We need to be focussed and switched on from the start.

"Hopefully we can get 5/600 down here supporting us and making some noise getting behind the team.

"I think we can get three points and score some more goals but we know it is going to be really, really tough as they have done well since coming into the Premier Division."