BRIDPORT manager Adam Fricker insists the “future looks really bright” for the club, despite the current lack of form.

The Bees find themselves in 16th in Toolstation Western League Premier Division after a torrid start to 2017, but Fricker is keeping the season in perspective.

He said: “I think if you take the period since the turn of the year out of the equation then we’d have been satisfied with what we’ve done.

“We have to keep in mind that when we turned up at the football club we had three players from last season left, so we knew it was going to be a massive rebuilding job.

We weren’t setting any targets for getting in the top six or anything like that, so for us getting to the end of 2016 where we were meant we were quietly pleased meaning we could kick on in 2017, but that hasn’t happened.If we can get the confidence back into the squad, get the lads smiling again, that’d be great, but that comes with results.

“We’re just hoping to get those first points back on the board in 2017 so we can look up. We have a lot of home games coming up so that’s something which we want to build on, and If we can finish the season 16th and not drop any lower then we’ll be satisfied, and we can regroup for next season so we can kick on.

“The club’s in good shape, going from the reserves to the third team, we have some very good youngsters coming through and I believe the future looks really bright for Bridport, and I think in the next three or four years when you see some of these youngsters coming through it’ll look really good.”