Newent Town welcome Cirencester Town Devs to Wildsmith Meadow this weekend with both sides still awaiting their first league win of the season and ahead of the game Newent manager Ben Stringer has spoken to Severn Sport about the big game.
Newent will be playing for the first time for two weeks and Cirencester for the first time for 10 days, but Stringer admits that postponements can cause players to lose their form from game to game.
“The break has been frustrating but I think it’s something everyone in the league has had to deal with at some point this season.
I feel more frustrated for the players to be honest, as a break in games makes it hard for them to hold their form. I know that after Coops [Jordan Cooper] got his brace last time out he would have wanted another game straight away but we understand these things happen,” Stringer said.
Going into the game both sides find themselves lurking at the bottom of the Hellenic League Division One West table on just three points and all eyes point towards this proverbial six pointer on Saturday, ahead of which Stringer has called on his side to turn their draws into wins to start climbing the table.
“I always believe these type of games are usually the toughest fixtures with both sides arriving desperately looking for the points, so I’m sure you can expect a 90 minute battle and hopefully we can come out on top this time.
We need to start turning our draws into wins to be able to climb up the table. Our performances are improving but now we need to back them up with results.”
This week Newent took to Twitter to show the pre-match preparations going on at their ground, with Ian Pritchard and his team at Mowtech working hard on the surface to ensure that despite a bad forecast for the next couple of days, the pitch down at Newent will withstand the incoming rain.
— Ian MOWTECH (@IanPritchard422) 12 November 2019
On the back of that week we checked up on the club’s off the field development with Stringer.
“Our pitch is something we are immensely proud of, from the hard work started many years ago with players attending work parties to help get the place looking good to the last few seasons, where we have also had Ian Pritchard’s Mowtech team doing a fine job with the pitch.
What we hope is that we won’t be having to call many games off over the course of the season and we can see that the pitch now holds up very well indeed.
Elsewhere, our plans are to now extend our club house to allow for bigger changing rooms and also a function room. We are a club who never like to stand still for too long,” Stringer added.