Herbert calls on Tuffley Rovers to get back to winning ways this weekend

Tuffley Rovers captain Macaulay Herbert has called for his side to get back to winning ways after being beaten 3-2 by Flackwell Heath, at Glevum Park last weekend.

Rovers head to Buckinghamshire to take on Holmer Green this weekend, just over a month after Rovers edged the same opposition 2-1.

However Tuffley are two games without a win, after the defeat to Flackwell and a 1-1 draw with Royal Wootton Bassett Town, but due to how tight the Hellenic Premier table is Rovers can leap to 8th from 15th win a win on Saturday.

Going into the game Herbert believes his side can take a number of positives from last weekend’s defeat in order to come away with all three points.

“Last weekend the first half was poor and all of us knew that at half time. We let ourselves down really, but credit to the lads for the second half performance as we showed a lot of fight and were unlucky not to get at least a point in the end. 

Every game in this league is a tough game, but we are confident that we have enough to get a positive result against a Holmer Green side who gave us a game a few weeks ago,” Herbert said.

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Tuffley were due to host Bourton Rovers in the Banbury Litho Floodlit Cup on Tuesday evening, however due to a wet and heavy pitch the game was postponed.

With a wet start to the winter in Gloucestershire, there have been a number of postponements locally and Herbert admits that whilst he is frustrated with the weather, he is confident Rovers can use it to their advantage.

“Of course it is very frustrating when games get called off, especially after a defeat. But it is something we have all had to get used to in the county and it’s all about how you use your time really. 

We had a good training session as a squad and all of the lads are now ready for Saturday and are buzzing to try and put things right,” Herbert added.

During last weekend’s game Tuffley’s squad included duo Joel White and Kieran Alder, who left the club for Southern League sides Slimbridge and Cinderford Town respectively.

The pair recently signed with Rovers on dual registrations and will play when their parent clubs aren’t in action. The inclusion of both players has received the seal of approval from Herbert, who believes they will have an impact as and when they put on the Rovers shirt again.

“It was great to have both of them back,” Herbert said. “Digger [Joel White] is a top player and we are proud to see him doing well for Slimbridge and hopefully he can stick around.

We all know the quality Kieran has and he improves us going forward. In the games he has played for us so far since signing back with us he has made an impact and we all hope that continues.

They both add to a talented squad of lads we have and we are all looking to do our best for the club every time we step onto that pitch,” Herbert said.

Tuffley Rovers head to Holmer Green in the Hellenic Premier on Saturday 16th November; kick off 15:00

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