BRIDPORT’S drubbing of Sherborne Town on Tuesday to end a run of ten successive defeats, brought relief to everyone at the club, none more so than manager Adam Fricker.
Leading 5-1 at halftime, the Bees produced a calm and controlled second half which will hopefully kickstart the rest of their season.
A delighted Bees boss said: “To be fair,I didn’t want halftime to come,; I think if we had gone another ten minutes they would have been dead and buried. Mind you even at 5-1, I was nervous in the second half!
He added: “It was obviously pleasing for us, we took our chances and one of the biggest pluses for Paddy (Behan, assistant) and I is that we were very professional in the second half and just did what we had to do. It didn’t matter that we didn’t score any more; we didn’t conceded and did the right things.”
He however was mindful that they need to produce this form on a regular basis.
“It’s a bit of a cliché, but we have to take that into our game against Wells City on Saturday or it will count for nothing.
“Hopefully that will give them the confidence, we took our goals well and there were some good performances from a few of the lads as well, so all in all a decent night.
“The mood’s been pretty good to be fair despite losing ten on the spin, and that credit to the players, but it does get you down a bit.”
Besides substituting Neil Martin with James Regan at halftime after his ankle started to swell again, Fricker replaced Ed Butcher and Kameron Andrews with the game potentially won.
Having suffered a season of injuries to key players, and unavailability, he was pleased to be able to name a stronger squad.
“ It does make a difference when you have quality on the bench to be able to swop things around, and with Saturday’s game in mind, it is a sensible thing to do and gives the subs game time as well.”
Whilst the Bees boss was pleased with the whole team performance, he picked out youngster Kameron Andrews and Braeden Symes for special mention.
Kameron is only 17 and so we were a little worried about playing him against his old side, but his performance last Saturday convinced us that he deserved a place, and he didn’t let us down. He reminds me a bit of Tom Blair.
“As for Braeden who is only 20, he also had a really good game and showed maturity beyond his years which was very pleasing for us.”
With five different scorers Fricker concluded: “It’s pleasing because whilst Salts (Mark Salter) has now scored 20 goals this season, it’s good to know that there are plenty of others that can score goals.”