Herbert back and Rovers nearing full strength as they prepare for visit of Henley Town

Having suffered a defeat against Royal Wootton Bassett Town last time out, despite a performance that probably deserved better, Tuffley Rovers will be hoping they can secure more league points, when they host struggling Henley Town at Glevum Park on Saturday.

The last few weeks have seen Mark Pritchett’s side struggle for goals, as injuries and suspensions have taken their toll, but the vast majority of the Rovers squad will be available for selection on Saturday, with an abundance of striking options in comparison to recent weeks.

Despite dominating possession last week, it was probably a sign of the paucity of attacking resources at Pritchett’s disposal, with Gareth Jones and Jamie Goodwin the only recognised strikers available, that his side were unable to turn territorial advantage into goals. The manager was, otherwise, satisfied with his team’s efforts.

“Despite the result last week, I was pretty pleased with the performance. We kept the ball well and created a lot of chances in the second half but just couldn’t find the back of the net”, he said. “That’s how football goes sometimes, I guess.”

Henley Town have been struggling of late but they recently appointed a new manager, in Rob Creech, and Pritchett is wary of the impact that a new manager can have, particularly after it took a late Macaulay Herbert goal to salvage a 3-3 draw against Saturday’s opponents back in mid-September.

“We had a tough game at Henley earlier on in the season, coming from two goals behind twice, to eventually draw the game”, he recalled. “We were poor that day, so will be hoping we can put a much better performance in on this occasion.”

Herbert, who scored that late equaliser when Rovers visited Henley, is now fit to return to action following a lengthy period when he was absent through injury, and he will be joined in returning to the squad by Warren Mann and Shayne Bradley, who return from injury and suspension, respectively.

Only Ben Tunnicliff (suspended) is definitely out of Saturday’s game, although Brett James and Ashley Davies will need to recover from injury in time, if they are to feature.

Kick-off is 3pm at Glevum Park on Saturday. Admission is £4 (£2 concessions).