Stonehouse Town manager Phil Orsborn has called on his side to put a near month away from competitive games behind them when they return to action against local rivals Newent in uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West tomorrow. Writes the Gloucestershire football blog Severn Sport
Stonehouse last completed a competitive game with a 5-0 win at New College Swindon on 9 September and after experiencing an abandoned game in the cup due to floodlight failure at Malmesbury Victoria, Orsborn’s men haven’t played a game for over three weeks.
But with the frustrating break, Orsborn has praised his side for staying focused and sharp during their impromptu break between games.
“It has been frustrating being without a game for the last three weeks due to fixture scheduling and the floodlights failing at Malmesbury in the cup, but being positive and almost ironically it has enabled us to get two key players in Dan and Joe Martin back recovered from injury. I can’t fault the players during September, they have been great and fully focused and have continued our training routines which is all we can ask for!”
Orsborn (pictured left) added. With Saturday’s fixture against Newent Town just days away, it kicks off a month that sees Stonehouse play six matches – including the re-arranged Banbury Litho Floodlit Cup tie at Malmesbury Victoria. Following the local derby on Saturday, Stonehouse head to Shortwood United on Friday 11 October for an exciting and much anticipated all- Gloucestershire affair. Ahead of Saturday’s fixtures, Orsborn believes that despite Newent’s league position his side will need to be on top form to get the result they are looking for.
“I think the flurry of games now will suit us, especially with it being a mixture of league and cup games and I think the Shortwood game in particular will be one to look out for. I won’t need to do much of a motivational pre -match talk for that one as the lads will be up for it. But we are focused on Saturday and I’ve got a lot of respect for Newent and I’m sure it will be a tough game despite their league position. We will need to be on our game but if we want to compete at this level it’s a must win game for us!” Orsborn told Severn Sport.