December 14, 2017

HELLENIC LEAGUE: Ard task ahead for Shrivenham

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Shrivenham will be looking to maintain their upturn in form when they travel to league leaders Ardley United on Saturday, writes Josh Bird.

Ardley, who finished in fifth place in the Hellenic Premier Division last season but applied for relegation to Division One West, have won eight league games out of eight.

The club went through wholesale changes in the summer as both the manager and chairman stood down at the club.

Despite a turbulent off-season, they sit comfortably clear at the top of the standings, with their nearest challengers Easington Sports already some eight points behind.

Shrivenham themselves have enjoyed a good run of form, winning three of their last four games and are now sitting fourth in the table.

But boss Gareth Davies knows Saturday’s match at The Playing Fields will be a big test for his side.

“We’ve played a couple of league games (since he took over) but Ardley is the key one,” Davies said.

“It will show us just how far we have come in the last four or five weeks.

“I think it will be a good test for us and I think results have gone our way a little bit recently.

“The players have got a lot of confidence in them and we’ll go there and certainly do our best.”

Davies will be hoping to have captain Jamie Prictor available for selection after he was forced off during last Saturday’s Hellenic Challenge Cup win over Brackley Town Saints.

“We didn’t want to take any risks with Jamie,” Davies said.  “Obviously he’s a big player for us.

“As soon as he tweaked his hamstring straight away we said ‘we’ve got a big game next week’ and took him off.

“Hopefully we have minimised the injury and he will be fit for Ardley.”

Elsewhere in Division One West, New College Swindon face another tricky away test when they travel to Easington Sports.

After being beaten 3-0 at leaders Ardley last weekend, New College make the trip to the second placed side looking for their first league win of the campaign.

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