Pritchett praises Tuffley Rovers after comfortable win at Brackley Town Saints

Tuffley Rovers manager Mark Pritchett has praised his side for a a convincing win away at Brackley Town Saints this weekend. 

A double from Callum Ebanks and a Jake Rhodes strike saw Rovers claim an eye catching 3-1 win and sees them move up to 15th in the Hellenic Premier in the process.

Following the game Pritchett praised his side for getting over a slow start to run out winner.

“Being honest I felt we were very good value for the three points on Saturday,” said Pritchett.

“We took about 20 minutes or so to get used to the shape we were playing and we conceded a sloppy goal in our eyes, but the response was excellent. Brackley had a lot of the ball but we worked hard and really, Luke [goalkeeper Luke Merchant] didn’t really have a save to make in goal,” Pritchett added.

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Saturday’s game was only Tuffley’s third league game of 2020 due to cup competitions and the weather affecting proceedings and Pritchett admits that whilst it is frustrating, it provides Rovers a chance to build momentum with a flurry of games in the short term.

“Of course it’s been very frustrating for us,” said Pritchett. “We’ve won our last three games now but with all of the postponements it’s been difficult to keep up that momentum.

We’ve got games coming thick and fast now, so hopefully the weather will pick up and we can have a strong finish to the end of the season. The boys are itching to play as many games as possible, which is exciting.” 

Pritchett also praised the scorers from Saturday’s win, Callum Ebanks and Jake Rhodes and believes they are two important players for Tuffley in the run in.

“Callum’s been superb in his first two games for us. His goals on Saturday were very well taken goals. He’s only 17, but he has the physicality for men’s football. Whilst, he’s still got a bit to learn, he looks an exciting prospect and we are delighted to have him with us. 

Jake’s been brilliant for us this season. He came to us at the start of last season as a striker but he’s naturally a midfielder and after playing there a couple of times earlier in the campaign he wanted to keep playing there and is showing his quality. It really is paying off,” Pritchett added.

Next up for Tuffley Rovers is a trip to Bishops Cleeve in the Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup, which has been beaten by the weather on a number of occasions previously, before a home fixture with Burnham next weekend.

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