Stringer looking forward to test in Severn Sport Shield

Newent Town manager Ben Stringer says he is looking forward to his side testing themselves as they become to latest side to be confirmed as entrants in the Severn Sport Shield.

Newent become the third side to be named in the pre-season tournament after we revealed that Cinderford Town would be hosting the competition and that Fairford Town had also entered for the 2021 title.

The 2021 Severn Sport Shield will take place the week commencing the 12th July, with Semi-Final 1 taking place on Tuesday 13th, Semi-Final 2 taking place on Wednesday 14th, with the finals day (3rd placed play-off followed by the final) taking place on Saturday 17th July. As ever, all games will be taking place at the host ground.

We will be announcing the last participant on Thursday and also announcing the 2022 host club on Friday.

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Stringer’s men will be the lowest ranked side in the competition and the Newent boss can’t wait to see what his side can do.

“The Severn Sport Shield looks like a good opportunity to test ourselves against some top opposition and see where we are as a club.

With our exciting young players coming through the ranks at the club, we hope we can put up a bold showing,” said Stringer.

Head of Programming at Severn Sport, Ryan Butler, has welcomed Newent into the tournament:

“Newent are a club that have divided opinion off the pitch in recent years, but they are a club with ambition and personally I would never fault that. Just look at how much the club has changed in terms of facilities and personnel after the U18s squad was registered.

One thing that everyone can agree on though is that on the pitch they are improving each year and it would have been interesting to see where they ended up had the season not been curtailed.

“Ben has put together a side of quality young players and a few experienced heads who will give you their all. If they are underestimated in July then they have the ability to turn heads.”

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