MALMESBURY Victoria boss Kevin Bridgeman enters tomorrow’s Hellenic League Division One West home clash against Clanfield with the belief that he’s working with the strongest group of players he has ever coached.

Vics are unbeaten from their opening four league fixtures and have also made progress to the first round proper of the FA Vase following their second qualifying round win against Virginia Water last weeekend.

A win against Clanfield on Saturday could see Malmesbury climb to the summit of the division, depending on the results of rivals Easington Sports and Kidlington.

Three wins from their opening four fixtures bodes well for a strong season at the Flying Monk Ground, and Bridgeman admits having senior players Sam Parker and Andy Baker return to the starting 11 has made his job significantly easier.

He said: “I firmly believe the group of players we have this season is the strongest I have ever worked with.

“We have carefully targeted the incoming players to improve the squad. Team spirit and belief amongst the group is second to none.

“I am delighted with the way we have started the season, we’re unbeaten in the league and through to the first round of the FA Vase.”

Malmesbury’s strong start has resulted in Bridgeman making few team changes to his starting 11, but the manager insists those players waiting for their turn have been patient and are yet to complain about their lack of minutes.

It’s a characteristic which Bridgeman believes underlines the work ethic and attitude of his squad.

“The players that have been on the fringes have had a superb attitude and I haven’t heard one moan or groan about anyone being on the bench,” added Bridgeman.

“I have also had a reshuffle of the backroom staff, and the three lads helping me are all now Malmesbury based.

“I think this has worked wonders for the players, who are almost all based in the town or within a few miles.”

Elsewhere in Division One West, New College face North Leigh United.

Meanwhile, in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Fairford Town travel to Abingdon United, while Sam Collier’s Royal Wootton Bassett Town are also on the road as they face Brackley Town Saints. Shrivenham have no game this weekend.