A few weeks ago Kieran Alder re-joined Hellenic Premier side Tuffley Rovers in the search for minutes after a recent ankle injury and he has continued where he left off from last season.
After sweeping all of the player of the year awards at the Tuffley Rovers end of season awards and receiving recognition from Severn Sport and Gloucestershire Live in their end of season reviews, Alder joined the Foresters but suffered an ankle injury which limited appearances.
However, since heading back to Glevum Park Alder has now scored 4 goals in 3 appearances after another brace at Holmer Green on Saturday.
After Rovers came back to Gloucestershire having claimed a 4-3 victory, we spoke to Alder about the game and his time back at the club.
“The performance was classic Tuffley Rovers, dominate the majority of the game but three mistakes cost us three goals. We showed a good reaction from going two goals down but as Tuffley like to do we took the hardest route possible to win the game!
I’m enjoying it back at Tuffley with a good bunch of lads, Pritch [Tuffley player/manager Mark Pritchett] always said to me that I’d be welcome to get minutes there if I need it – so it’s always handy to have that link,” Alder added.
The game itself saw Tuffley suffer a disastrous start, having been 2-0 down to the Buckinghamshire side. However Alder pulled one back following great work from Jack Beardsell down the right hand side.
Captain Macaulay Herbert scored his second of the season to make it 2-2 just before the break but Rovers knew they would need to defend a lot better if they were to take all three points.
Alder put the visitors in front when his free kick from the left ended up nestling in the bottom corner, before Holmer Green levelled to make it 3-3.
Ultimately Rovers would take all three points when Ross Langworthy headed home Ben Prictor’s cross and Tuffley held on to complete a league double over a game Holmer Green side.
Even though he is with Tuffley to get minutes, Alder has turned out for Cinderford in recent days – having featured in the Foresters’ 6-1 demolition of Gloucester City in the County Cup on Tuesday.
And Alder is due for a chance to nail down a place in the Cinderford starting XI this week, after Lorcan Sheehan was taken off with a medial ligament injury during the 4-3 win at AFC Totton on Saturday.
Alder believes that his time at Tuffley has been a success and whilst he doesn’t know whether he will be playing for Cinderford or Tuffley next weekend, he tells Severn Sport that he is ready to grab his chance for the Foresters if given the call.
“To be honest this is the first time this season that I’ve felt fully fit,” said Alder.
“It feels nice to finish the game strongly rather than blowing up early or carrying a knock playing at 80%, but I think I’m as ready as I can be – especially that I feel fully fit now so hopefully I’ll be able to hit the ground running!” Alder added.
Tuffley Rovers will look to build on their victory on Tuesday night when they head to Hellenic Premier leaders Westfields, whilst Cinderford Town travel to Swindon Supermarine in the Southern League Cup, also on Tuesday night.