BRIDPORT boss Adam Fricker is expecting a “strong” Weymouth side to travel to St Mary’s Field for their Dorset Senior Cup clash tonight (7.45pm).

Fricker, who is set to tinker with his starting line-up, is also expecting Terras’ manager Mark Molesley to make changes.

Looking ahead to the tie, Fricker felt that Weymouth will not relish the task of playing his team, who have already shown their pedigree with a superb run to the FA Cup third qualifying round this term.

He told the Bridport News: “It’s going to be interesting to see what sort of team they have. I’m expecting them to be pretty strong.

“Whoever they use it’s going to be a strong outfit. We want it to be competitive but it does give me the opportunity to play a couple of lads that haven’t had a chance.

“We will be looking to tweak the side slightly. We know it’s going to be a really tough game but we’re confident.

“If you would have given us this start to the season at the start I would have snapped anyone’s hand off. They’re not going to fancy coming down to us as well.

“I’m confident we’ll give them a good game and we’ll see what the outcome is.”

Commenting on the potential strength of his own side, Fricker is keen to maintain the “fluidity” within his squad by avoiding widespread changes.

He said: “We don’t want to make wholesale changes. We want to keep the fluidity and be as competitive as we can against Weymouth.

“To be perfectly honest even the players they are bringing in are capable of playing at our level and above. We’ll just go about it as we have done this season.

“There will be a decent crowd there and that does wonders for the football club, it raises our profile.

“We just know they’re a good side and have started the season very well.”

Bridport will be without Terras’ loanee Dane James for the encounter, who will be in his parent club’s squad, while Declan Cornish and Richard Hebditch are expected to start.

Fricker said: “Dane’s playing for them. Paul Maitland (Weymouth assistant-manager) said that he’d probably look to bring Dane back in (for this game) when he signed.

“But it’s given Kameron Andrews an opportunity. The intention was always to start him. It will be a good opportunity for Kameron to stake a claim for his place.

“We’re not sure about Louis Rutter, we don’t want to rush him, but he’ll definitely have some involvement. Whether or not to start him, it might be a little bit soon.

“We’ve got people like Declan and Richard, they will definitely be starting.”