Tuffley Rovers to head to Cinderford for Severn Sport Shield

Tuffley Rovers are the final side announced for the 2021 run of the Severn Sport Shield.

After Newent Town were confirmed as the third side in this year’s edition of the pre-season tournament yesterday, Rovers, who hosted in 2019, complete the competitive line-up, joining Newent, Fairford and hosts Cinderford Town.

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 hosts of the 2022 Severn Sport Shield on Friday!

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Club Secretary Neil Spiller says he is looking forward to seeing Rovers compete in the Shield once again and is thankful that this time all of the action will be away from Glevum Park (unlike 2019).

“When Ryan contacted me about entering this year’s Severn Sport Shield, I had a quick conversation with Rich Cox and within two minutes we confirmed our wish to enter the competition again.

As one of the four clubs who entered the first tournament at Slimbridge, and having hosted the last tournament held in 2019, we have a real affinity to this competition and would love it to be a regular feature of our pre-season.

The guys at Severn Sport do so much for local football that we see this is an opportunity to give something back to them, whilst also supporting our preparations for the 2021/22 season.

At this particular time, the opportunity to participate was all the more welcome because our own pitch, at Glevum Park, is out of action, due to the drainage works we are undertaking, so this year’s competition has the added bonus of helping us schedule in a few games away from our own ground.

The Shield represents a chance for us to get some relatively competitive pre-season football in but also to support Kelsey and Ryan. We are proud to be invited to compete and will be raring to go in July!” Spiller said.

Head of Programming at Severn Sport has given his reaction too:

“Tuffley Rovers are a club that Kelsey and I hold dear to our hearts with the fact we both live in Gloucester and we have spent many a midweek evening watching either their firsts or U18s side.

With the ground development going on at Glevum Park I knew that they would be available for fixtures away from home and with Cinderford also having a young core squad they would provide competition to the hosts, as well as Fairford and Newent.

Now I just hope that Sam Hill can get back from Dubai to enjoy the Shield! Bring on July!”

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