MELKSHAM Town manager Kieran Baggs says Monday night’s postponement was a blessing in disguise for his troops as they eye up a top-two finish in the Toolstation League Premier Division.

Baggs’ side were due to face Bridgwater at Oakfields, but a waterlogged pitch intervened.

Had the game gone ahead, it would have been a third contest in five days for Melksham, who picked up a thumping 8-2 win over Wells City on Saturday.

While Baggs says his team were ready and raring to go, he admits it will have done his side no harm to have an unscheduled rest.

During the run-in Baggs, who owns CrossFit gym in Melksham, says fitness level will prove paramount if they are to finish within the top two.

“To be honest, I think the game being called off can only be a good thing. All the lads were ready, but to have three games in five days is a tough ask,” he said.

“We were completely prepared and one of the advantages we have going into the last 10 games is our fitness levels.

“Teams who have high fitness levels always come to the fore in the last few games of the season. We have the advantage that I own a conditioning facility in Melksham so I can keep an eye on the players.

“No-one else at our standard can do that. Ten of the 16 players we have come in and train so we are ready, we are fit and we are raring to go.

“We still have more to give and the squad looks in good shape.”

Gary Higdon hit a hat-trick at the weekend, in addition to a brace from Jamie Lyons, while Oliver Webb, Mark Cooper and Luke Ballinger notched solitary efforts.

Despite the comfortable margin of victory, Baggs was frustrated to see his side concede twice to Wells, who are bottom of the league.

“No disrespect to Wells, but they are bottom and we beat them 10-0 earlier in the season,” he added.

“It was a routine performance and I was frustrated to concede the two goals against them, they were sloppy goals.

“The performance wasn’t great, but to say that and score eight goals says a lot.”