BRIDPORT boss Adam Fricker is hoping for a much more settled summer this time around, as the Bees pulled the curtain down on their league campaign on Saturday.

Having ended their season with a 3-2 victory over Bitton, the St Mary’s Field manager completed his first campaign in charge of the side in 16th spot in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division – a point better off than last season.

And, with the re-building job the club has had to do in terms of playing personnel compared to last year, Fricker insists the season has been positive.

Reflecting on the campaign as a whole, he said: “I think, all in all, it has been a success.

“We needed to come in and stabilise the ship, it was a little bit rocky to be fair and now everyone seems to be happy.

“We had to rebuild. I know we brought a lot of players with us but they had to adapt to the level.”

He added: “All in all we are in no different shape than what Bridport were in last season. We have technically finished with a point more than what they finished with then.”

Asked about his future plans with the club, Fricker replied: “To be fair, we are hoping not to make too many changes.

“We have the nucleus of a very good team, we just have to add maybe three or four to shake things up and keep people on their toes a little bit.

“I think we have always known there is good youth coming through for Bridport.

“From our perspective it’s how quickly you can get it there because you need that experience as well.”