Brimscombe & Thrupp to the rescue as Rovers continue to play Home and Away!

Tuffley Rovers’ FA Challenge Cup journey, which saw them play their home tie at Windsor last weekend, will once again see them playing at home, but away, when they host Flackwell Heath on Saturday, 21 August, as fellow Uhlsport Hellenic League, Premier Division Brimscombe & Thrupp have agreed to host Rovers’ Preliminary Round tie at The Meadow.

Despite┬áthe ongoing drainage works at Glevum Park nearing completion, the next round of the historic cup competition is likely to come too soon for Rovers to host their Spartan South Midland League, Premier Division opposition at their traditional home. Cue, Brimscombe’s committee coming to the rescue as they were able to accommodate a plea for assistance and host the tie at a venue that might allow Rich Cox’s side to run out in front of a healthy home support.

The final arrangements for the tie are still to be confirmed but Rovers’ Secretary, Neil Spiller, was delighted a fellow Gloucestershire club had been able to step up to help with the match arrangements.

“Unfortunately, when trying to arrange our tie for the previous round, we had identified a venue that could host our tie, but only if we played on the Sunday and the rules of the competition meant that we had to offer Windsor the opportunity to use their pitch, which they inevitably chose to pursue”, he said. “This time, with their own tie away on the Sunday, Brimscombe & Thrupp were able to step in to help and we couldn’t be more grateful to Clive Baker, Allan Boulton and Scott Boulton for their support and cooperation in helping us offer a relatively local solution for our own supporters.”

Further details on the tie (a 3pm KO on the 21st) will be published shortly.