Malmesbury Victoria manager Kev Bridgeman will leave the club after Saturday's FA Vase second round game away at Sholing.

Bridgeman will be permanently moving to Manchester for a job so will be unable to continue as manager.

His former assistant Andy Wicks will take charge of the team after Bridgeman's departure.

The Vics boss has missed the last three matches in preparation of his move to Manchester.

Bridgeman works for a fleet management company and the role he's been offered within the company was very difficult for him to turn down.

After careful consideration Bridgeman has accepted the offer he is hoping to go out on a high on Saturday but admitted it will be difficult to leave Malmesbury and the club.

"It's hard enough to move away as it is but even more so leaving the football side," said Bridgeman. "I've lived in Malmesbury all my life and played there for 75 per cent of my playing career.

"The players and my team are also friends so letting that go is tough but you have to take these opportunities when they come. It's a tough game Saturday against Sholing but win, lose or draw there'll be a big after party on Saturday."

Malmesbury have moved to replace Bridgeman with Wicks taking over from Saturday and beyond.

"My assistant from last year is the new man in place," added Bridgeman. "He moved onto the committee this season but he feels he's got the time on his hands now to step in."

Bridgeman will leave the Vics in fifth place in the Hellenic League Division One West and feels the club are more than capable of continuing their progress.

"We've built something this season," he explained. "We had a good pre-season and a good start so I said to the lads when we had the meeting to tell them I was leaving to just continue what they're doing and make sure that promotion is achieved."

Malmesbury were in action on Tuesday night in the Subsidiary Cup.

They beat Cirencester Town Development 6-1 as a brace from Shane Bumphrey and goals from Elliot Gage, Josh Hughes, Kyle Witt and Jasper Marsh sealed an emphatic victory at the Flying Monk. They also beat New College Swindon 11-0 on Saturday in their previous league game.

Malmesbury travel to Wessex Premier League leaders Sholing, who have won all 10 of their league games so far this season, in the second round of the FA Vase on Saturday which will be followed by a cup game against Easington Sports on Tuesday, November 6.