Sam Collier will welcome defender Carl Evans and striker TJ Bohane back into his Wootton Bassett squad for this weekend’s trip to table topping Westfields. Writes Shaun Reynolds Sports Writer for The Swindon Advertiser
Evans has been missing for a fortnight after his wife gave birth while Bohane will return after he was absent from Bassett’s home win over struggling Brimscombe & Thrupp due to illness. Both players’ presence will come as a welcome boost to Collier, especially given that Westfields are unbeaten in all 17 of their uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division fixtures this term.
A repeat performance of the Herefordshire outfit’s autumn and early winter dominance during the second half of this season will undoubtedly see the club win promotion with ease. Bassett’s form has been quite the contrast. Collier has made no secret of his belief that the Gerard Buxton club has underachieved this term – a belief that is justified given that they sit 14th entering the new year.
“It will be the toughest challenge of our season so far, and I would imagine Westfields will win the league at a canter given the players and budget they have,” said Collier. “I don’t think we’ll change too much from the past four or five weeks – if something isn’t broken then why fix it? I don’t think we’ll adjust because of who we are playing, we’ll go there with a view to getting something out of the game and causing an upset.”
One man missing from Saturday’s trip will be Bradley Pagliaroli, who remains suspended. On the plus, Collier has a squad full of fresh legs as a result of an extremely light festive schedule. He said: “This league shouldn’t be playing over Christmas. We trained on Thursday night to blow away a few cobwebs so we’re fully prepared.”