BRIDGWATER Town boss Dave Pearse has expressed his relief at breaking the side's winless home run and urged his players to take that confidence into tonight's match at Clevedon.

Last Tuesday's 3-0 win over Clutton was the Robins' first league victory at Fairfax Park since October 2016, and Pearse was pleased with the performance of his side.

Reflecting on the result, he said: "We started well and had the game won by half-time.

"It was nice to be on the front foot and take the game to the opposition, and we were clinical in front of goal to get the job done.

"The fact we hadn't won at home for so long was ridiculous, really, so it was important to get that victory and it was nice to be able to reward the supporters."

The only negative for the hosts last week was the red card for Mike Duffy, who will now miss this evening's trip to Clevedon through suspension along with Jake Llewellyn following the latter's early bath in the FA Cup defeat at Gosport.

On Duffy's red, Pearse said: "I don't attach any blame to Mike - he was elbowed in the face going up for a header and reacted to it."

Turning his attentions to the task at hand tonight, Pearse said: "Clevedon are a good side with a mix of experienced players and young lads, and it's always a tough place to go.

"We just need to carry on from where we left off last week - if we play like we did against Clutton we'll give ourselves a good chance."

Bridgwater now know the identity of their opponents in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase, which takes place next Saturday (September 23).

The Robins are to visit St Austell, who play in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division, after the Cornish side thumped Bishops Lydeard 9-1 on Saturday.

"It's a trip into the unknown for us and they look a strong side, but we'll go down there and give it our best," Pearse said.


BRIDGWATER Town Reserves lost 2-1 at home to Ilminster last night (Tuesday) and sit bottom of the Somerset County League Premier Division ahead of Saturday's trip to fellow early strugglers Stockwood Green.