Cleal calls on Cheltenham Town fans to back Bishop Cleeve in the FA Vase

Bishops Cleeve manager Stephen Cleal has called on Cheltenham Town fans and the local community to help support his side in the FA Vase this weekend, on Non-League Day 2019. 

Cleeve host Brockenhurst of the Sydenhams Football League (formerly the Wessex Football League) in the 1st Round of the FA Vase at Kayte Lane on Saturday and Cleal is hoping to see as many people supporting his side as possible.

“Cheltenham don’t have a game this weekend and we usually get a few down when they aren’t playing but with the football we are playing this year I can honestly say that anyone who comes to watch will enjoy what they see. 

With it being Non-League Day as well, we hope to get as many as possible through the gates and hopefully with a number from the Robins, the Colts and the whole village, it would be great to see a healthy crowd for what is bound to be an entertaining game,” Cleal added.

Bishops Cleeve geared up for the game against Brockenhurst on Saturday with a thumping 5-2 win against Southern League side Mangotsfield United in the GFA Senior Cup on Tuesday night.

Two goals a piece for Jack Watts and former Gloucester City forward Will Morford, along with a strike from Tristan Haswell saw Cleal’s men run out winners and the Mitres manager has praised his side for showing great form in the cup competitions so far and has called on his side to keep up the momentum.

“Tuesday night was a good night for us, bar a couple of little niggling injuries, it was very pleasing overall. We were good in all departments and looked a threat for most of the game. It’s even more pleasing when we had made five changes to the starting XI from Saturday as it shows a great strength in depth. 

It is very bitter sweet playing cup games as if you win them it is great and it helps regain or maintain momentum but I would rather three points on the board! 

It does it make it harder to stay consistent but we know how we will want to play on Saturday and the guys know what I expect of them, so there is no reason why we can’t continue are our momentum,” Cleal added.

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Cleeve’s opponents this weekend head to Gloucestershire with nearly exactly the same record in the league than their Hellenic League hosts, playing 8, winning 6 and drawing and losing 1 a-piece. Cleal admits that whilst he is expecting a difficult game, he believes his side has enough about them to cause Brockenhurst problems.

“Brockenhurst are a very good side, so it will be a very difficult game. They have got threats all over the park from what we have seen and heard, so we will have to be strong defensively and if we do then we always back our forwards to produce when they get the chance,” Cleal said.

Bishops Cleeve welcome Brockenhurst to Kayte Lane in the First Round of the FA Vase on Saturday; kick off 15:00

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