BRIDGWATER Town player-manager Dave Pearse is looking forward to seeing his side test their mettle against near-neighbours Taunton Town on Friday evening (7.45pm).

The Robins have had two pre-season games so far, beating Honiton Town 6-1 before losing 5-0 at Dorchester Town, and now welcome a side led by former Robins boss Rob Dray.

"It will be a massive test," Pearse said.

"They were one point off being promoted to the National League South last season and a lot of their players have played at that level.

"It is only a friendly and it's important people remember that, but I'm looking forward to it.

"Most of our pre-season games are against Southern League teams, which is where we want to be aiming for.

"Dorchester was a good test but we let ourselves down for 10 minutes [Town conceded four goals in a quick first half spell]."

Friday's match will offer Bridgwater supporters a first glimpse at several of the club's new signings, with the exception of Ross McErlain, who picked up a knock at Dorchester.

"Steve Murray is back available, and he's an exciting signing - as is Dave O'Hare," Pearse said.

"We are putting a lot of onus on these pre-season games as we have several different options now and it will be nice for the fans to see what the new lads are all about.

"Last year we had no plan B but now we have a squad of around 18, all of whom are more than capable of playing at this level.

"It is a fresh start for everyone and last season's squad know they have to fight for their places. No-one is guaranteed a spot."