BRIDPORT boss Adam Fricker has stressed the importance of being merciless in front of goal as the Bees prepare for the visit of Melksham Town to St Mary’s Field in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division tonight (7.45pm).

Fricker’s men face a Town side fresh from a narrow 1-0 FA Vase sixth round defeat to Thatcham Town, with the Wiltshire club also stationed in fourth place in the league.

Speaking to Echosport about the contest, Fricker admitted the Bees would need to be “at it” to get a positive result from the encounter.

He said: “They’ve obviously had a fantastic run in the FA Vase, so we know it’s going to be a tough game.

“But it’s also one we’re confident of it we’re at it and we do the right things. Certainly when you’re playing one of the top-six teams any mistake you make will get punished.

“You need to be at it and take your chances. That’s why they are the top teams. They are so clinical and ruthless when they need to be.”

Bridport’s fixture congestion has also worsened after the ‘Beast from the East’ took hold of the country last week.

Commenting on the predicament, Fricker said: “We’re going into a situation that is a bit of a nightmare. Most teams aren’t as bad as the situation we’re in. With the fixtures, we’ve got two weeks where we’re going to be playing three or four games a week.”

Mark Salter (unavailable) and Braeden Symes (suspension) will miss the clash.

n Dorchester Town Reserves face Bashley tonight (7.45pm).