September 25, 2017

HELLENIC LEAGUE: Roberts refusing to underestimate Tuffley

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Highworth Town boss Jeff Roberts will not be taking Tuffley Rovers lightly when the two sides meet on Wednesday night at The Elms.

Roberts’ side have already made the trip Tuffley this season, securing a comfortable win at Glevum Park thanks largely to Jake Slocombe’s hat-trick.

But despite having already got one over on Wednesday’s opponents already this season, Roberts believes his side can’t be complacent.

“We’ve gone there at the start and won 4-0,” Roberts said. “I thought we played very well that day.

“It might be a tough one for us, we can’t think any game is going to be easy.

“As I say to the boys, if we can work hard off the ball and hassle sides our ability will be get us there.”

Highworth have enjoyed a fine start to the season, winning six games out of six in the Hellenic Premier Division.

The Elms side have also progressed to Second Round Qualifying in the FA Vase following Saturday’s 4-0 win over Easington Sports.

And with a strong squad at his disposal, Roberts knows it’s important to keep the players fresh.

“We’ve got some players coming back from injury,” he said.

“We rested Ash Edenborough (against Easington) and Wayne Turk so hopefully they will come back into the squad on Wednesday.

“I’ve said to the lads that we will be resting players when we need too. We’ve got a big squad of 22 so it’s just trying to keep everybody happy.”

Elsewhere on Wednesday night, Royal Wootton Bassett Town will look to build on back-to-back wins when they welcome Lydney Town to the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground.

The two sides have already met this season with Nathan Gambling on the score sheet to secure Bassett a 1-1 draw at the Lydney Recreation Ground.

Bassett should go into the game in high spirits following Friday night’s FA Vase victory over Fairford Town.

Fairford themselves are in action on Wednesday when they take on Longlevens for the fourth time this season.

They two sides met in a replayed FA Cup tie before Longlevens thumped Fairford 6-2 at Cinder Lane in the Hellenic Premier Division.

Fairford boss Jody Bevan is still searching for his first competitive win as manager, with his side currently sitting bottom of the league standings.

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