Tuffley Rovers defender Joel White has called on his teammates to put the disappointment of defeat in the FA Vase behind them as they head to Westfields in the Hellenic Premier on Tuesday evening.
White, who recently re-joined the club after a spell at County League side Frampton United following his departure from Slimbridge, missed the game on Saturday against Street but has confidence that his side can get back to winning ways in a tough trip.
“It’s important that we have a good reaction on Tuesday night after losing on Saturday in the Vase. Whilst I didn’t play myself so can’t comment too much on the game, I know that the lads will be itching to put it right in what will be a tough game away at Westfields.
But if we play as well as we can I don’t see why we cannot go there and get a result,” said White.
In the three games that White has played in for Rovers this season they have looked a lot more assured at the back, with only two goals conceded and a clean sheet at title chasing Bishops Cleeve – all coming off the back of a 9-1 drubbing at Hereford Lads Club, but was it an easy decision to return to Glevum Park?
“No I wouldn’t say it was an easy decision,” admitted White. “With having a little one recently I decided to take a step back from Slimbridge as I couldn’t 100% commit to the travelling that the Southern League expects.
I went and played for Frampton for a few games, but really I just missed that feeling of playing as high as I can – within reason.
Coxy [Manager Rich Cox] got in touch and I thought I would give it a go back at Tuffley as now the travelling in the Hellenic League isn’t as bad as before.
I am really enjoying being back too. Coxy has got a good thing going at the club and there is a really good feel about the place, so long may it continue,” added White.
During his games at Tuffley, White has been joined in defence by the likes of Xander Jones and in particular Jacob Geddes – who has been captain since the long term injury to Macaulay Herbert and White has praised his new defensive partner whilst also praising a good squad at Glevum Park.
“It’s been easy to play alongside Jacob to be honest. You wouldn’t know he is a young lad unless you were told!
He is a good player with a great future it seems and I really enjoy playing alongside him. But the overall squad down here is decent.
Tuffley have some good young players coming through and they all seem to buy into what Coxy is trying to build here. The biggest surprise though has been Warren [Mann] because he has lost 80% of his pace these days!” Joked White.
After the trip to Westfields on Tuesday night Tuffley entertain Westbury United on Saturday before a midweek trip to Roman Glass St George next midweek. Following that game Rovers have a run of four home games in November, including a County Cup game against Cheltenham Saracens on Tuesday 16th November.
Westfields vs Tuffley Rovers in the Hellenic Premier takes place tonight (Tuesday 26th October); kick off 19:45