After a break of 17 days since their last fixture, Tuffley Rovers will welcome Flackwell Heath to Glevum Park this afternoon, hoping to continue their positive run of form, after suffering just one defeat in their last nine competitive games – and four games without defeat – a run which had helped them move up the uhlsport Hellenic League table after a difficult start to the season.
Although his side had been out of action for more than two weeks, after the weather caused four consecutive games to be postponed, Rovers boss Mark Pritchett (pictured) goes into today’s game feeling positive after some of his team’s recent performances.
“We’ve been on a good run of form lately and although it was disappointing that we’ve had an enforced break, we have something to build upon and in our last game (at Royal Wootton Bassett Town) we showed some qualities that haven’t always demonstrated this season. There was desire, resilience and our shape was spot on. On a different day we could have snatched three points, if we’d taken a bit more care on the ball in the final third”, he reflected. “That result secured us a decent point and although it feels like a very long time ago now, if we can add more points against Flackwell on Saturday we will be on a really good run.”
A young Rovers squad have been improving in recent weeks and Pritchett hopes to welcome back the influential Tyreece Briscoe, who missed the game at Bassett, as well as recent signing Ollie Price.
Whilst last year’s player of the year, Kieran Alder, has re-joined the club to get more playing time after injury has disrupted his initial time at Southern League club Cinderford Town.
The visit of Flackwell Heath, who have barely started their league campaign - meaning they lie below Rovers but have four wins from their seven outings and four games in-hand on Pritchett’s team – promises to be a challenging fixture, but Pritchett knows his side have beaten Marcus Richardson’s charges before and he’ll be hoping that their good form continues as they return to Hellenic League action.