Tuffley Rovers First Team manager Mark Pritchett has called for his side to react after what he has described as one of the worst 90 minutes since joining the club, in Rovers’ 4-0 defeat at Bishops Cleeve on Tuesday.
Pritchett, who was a late change into the starting line-up on Tuesday after an injury to Declan Earwaker, will be looking for his side to notch their first competitive win of the season – after drawing 2-2 at Virginia Water last weekend.
“Tuesday night was very disappointing,” Pritchett said. “I think that’s one of the worst full 90 minute performances since I’ve been at the club. Saying that though, credit has to go to Cleeve as they played well and have some dangerous players going forward.
I wasn’t at the game last Saturday but Coxy [First Team Coach Rich Cox] told me we were very poor in the first half and managed to salvage something towards the end of the game.
We’re still a relatively new and young side and it’s important we see a reaction, especially when we’ve got a tough run of games coming up so we need to start building a bit of momentum,” Pritchett added.
Tuffley are one of nine local sides who begin their FA Cup campaigns this weekend, and will entertain North Greenford United to Glevum Park. Pritchett’s men will be looking to go on a cup run and do better than their defeat in the Extra Preliminary Round 12 months ago, against Colney Heath.
Rovers go into the game having made the First Qualifying Round twice in the last four attempts in the FA Cup, with another Extra Preliminary Round defeat at Ardley United in 2016.
The 2017 FA Cup was a memorable one for Rovers when after a 2-1 win at Woodley United, they produced a dramatic comeback away at Leighton Town – where a last minute Sam Hill winner set up a First Qualifying Round tie with Swindon Supermarine.
Pritchett knows how important a cup run can be for sides at Hellenic League level and admits that he is expecting a very tough game against a side used to getting through to the Qualifying Rounds of the competition.
“The FA cup means a lot, I was lucky enough to get to the First Round proper with Shortwood United and that feeling was unbelievable.
The money the club can gain from it is massive and to a club like ours and it’s brilliant to do it for the people who help and support running the club day to day.
We don’t know a lot about our opposition on Saturday. They play in the Spartan Midland South League which is equivalent to us and going on previous experience against teams from that league it’s going to be a very tough game.” Pritchett said.
Tuffley Rovers host North Greenford United in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round on Saturday 10th August at Glevum Park; kick off 15:00
Check out the full list of fixtures for this weekend, including the start of the Gloucestershire County League and Northern Senior League seasons, along with the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup, right here.