Tuffley Rovers will go in search of the point needed to mathematically see them safe in the Hellenic Premier this weekend, as they welcome a Shrivenham side on a remarkable unbeaten run.
The last time Shrivenham lost in the league was the 10th November 2018, at home to Bishops Cleeve and they won’t be an easy opponent for Rovers.
But Tuffley are made of sterner stuff these days and will be looking for a positive result against the side now 5th in the Hellenic Premier.
Ahead of the game, manager Mark Pritchett spoke to Tuffley Rovers’ website to discuss this weekend’s opposition.
“Shrivenham have been on a brilliant run, going sixteen unbeaten, having been bottom when we played them back in October.
Despite that, I believe we are in good form ourselves and are capable of putting an end to their long unbeaten run.” Pritchett added.
“As we aren’t 100% safe yet, we know we need the points, so there is a real incentive to perform and get a result.”
Tuffley go into the game having collected 15 points from their last 7 home games and are on an unbeaten run of their own, as their unbeaten home run stretches back to the turn of the year.
Part of the reason behind a fruitful start to 2019 for Pritchett and his side is the versatility in the squad.
Since the defeat at Shrivenham in October, Rovers have added players like Luke Payne, Rhys Davies and Luke Troke, who have all played key roles and shown the capability to play in numerous positions, even if not their natural position. This has given Pritchett and Rich Cox options on a match day.
Pritchett has also confirmed ahead of the game this weekend that Payne should be back in the squad after missing the victory against Binfield two weeks ago.
Fellow full backs Sam Hill and Brad Loveridge are unavailable, but Dom Kent is back in the squad after also missing the Binfield game. Kent got a run out in the Reserves’ win last weekend in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League.
Saturday’s game is Tuffley’s penultimate home game, with Fairford Town visiting on the Bank Holiday Monday on the final day of the Hellenic Premier season.
A visit to Flackwell Heath is in between next weekend, but depending on what happens in the back-to-back meetings between Reading City and Longlevens, Rovers could even find themselves safe come 5pm on Saturday even if they were to taste defeat.
Tuffley Rovers welcome Shrivenham to Glevum Park in the Hellenic Premier on Saturday 13th April; kick off 15:00
Check out the full list of fixtures in and around the county this weekend right here.