BRIDGWATER Town's Western League Premier Division clash at Melksham Town tonight (Monday) has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The scheduled match was a chance for the Robins to bounce back quickly from Saturday's last-gasp 2-1 defeat at Buckland, but the match will now have to fit in among an already crowded run-in to the season.

Town player-manager Dave Pearse said: "It's a bit of a catch 22, as we owe Melksham for the FA Vase defeat and it would have been good to get straight back on it after Saturday.

"Having said that, if we'd lost tonight it would have been two quick defeats on the spin and we'd be at risk of being caught up by the teams behind us.

"It's not going to be easy with all the games coming up, particularly if we continue our progress in the Les Phillips Cup [Town face Bitton on March 24]."

On Saturday's defeat, Pearse said: “It was a real sickener and I was so disappointed for the boys after how hard they worked.

“I don’t think either side did enough to win it but we certainly deserved a point.

“I’m not sure what the referee gave their penalty for and we also had a goal disallowed, but having worked so hard to equalise it was tough to lose it as we did.”

The disappointment was compounded by an injury time red card for goalkeeper Jake Viney, though Pearse was confident the club will have signed a replacement to feature between the sticks at home to Cribbs on Saturday.

The striker also paid tribute to the supporters who travelled to South Devon to cheer his side on.

“To have 40 fans with us on the coach and more driving down is a great effort for the Western League - even when I’ve been in the Southern League I don’t remember that happening too often.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s visit of Cribbs, Pearse said: “It’s an opportunity for us to pull away from the sides below us and cement ourselves in the top six.

“It will be tough - they are well organised - so it is up to us to keep our performance levels as high as they have been of late.”