Tuffley Rovers will be looking to continue to build up momentum when they welcome Ascot United to Glevum Park on Saturday, according to manager Mark Pritchett.
Rovers returned to league action for the first time in a month last Saturday when they chalked up an impressive 2-0 win at Oxford City Nomads. Pritchett, was naturally delighted with what he saw from his refreshed side.
“Last Saturday was most probably our best 90 minute performance this season. We played the conditions well, something we didn’t do at Cirencester and we were full of energy. It was important to get the 3 points as a lot of sides around us have had mixed results over the last month and a half since we last played a league game, that’s two wins from two in the league now with two clean sheets which as a defender myself I take good pride in.” Pritchett said.
Despite the lengthy break Rovers find themselves in a strong position. They currently sit 11th in the Hellenic Premier on 36 points with as many as six games in hand over sides around them. Tuffley are four points off Gloucestershire rivals Longlevens in 8th but boast four games in hand.
Even though Tuffley are in a strong position Pritchett was quick to point out how important it was to not get carried away, especially with this weekend’s Severn Sport featured game against Ascot coming up.
“Yes it is a boost to still be sat comfortably in midtable having played few games of late but we’re going to take it one game at a time and hopefully we can start building a but if momentum now. We actually played Ascot at a time where they were struggling and in a bit of a rut but they’ve picked up a lot since then so I’m expecting a very difficult game Saturday.”
As well as maintaining a decent position in the league without playing many games, the unplanned break has helped Pritchett’s side overcome a few minor injuries in the squad. Defender Macaulay Herbert of the most notable players to return at Oxford.
When telling us about the squad ahead of Saturday’s game, Pritchett praised Herbert for how well he slotted back into the squad whilst praising Cheltenham Town loanee Ryan Davis and Cam Williams for mature and assured performances.
Tuffley will be without Brett James who is serving the first of a two match ban and will be without Alex O’Leary who is still away.