Pritchett wants Rovers at the races for Ascot visit!

Despite a start to 2018 punctuated by postponements that have led to long periods of inactivity, Tuffley Rovers head into this Saturday’s Uhlsport Hellenic League tie with Ascot United in relatively good form, as they look for a third consecutive win and clean sheet.

Two successive 2-0 league wins against Abingdon United and Oxford City Nomads, were separated by 35 calendar days, but they have given Mark Pritchett’s squad a huge boost and he is looking for his players to add to their recent points total when Ascot arrive at Glevum Park for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday.

“We have to take each game one at a time, but we’ve had two good wins, back-to-back, and we need to build on that”, he said. “Although I am expecting a difficult game on Saturday, I have confidence in the squad and if we perform there is no reason we can’t extend our winning run.”

Ascot United were in a lowly 19th place when the two sides last met in mid-November, but have managed a resurgence in form, climbing to 15th and on a run of three consecutive wins in all competitions. In fact, Neil Richards’ side have lost just five of their last thirteen league games since meeting Rovers, having lost fourteen of their opening eighteen league fixtures.

Pritchett was pleased with both his squad’s performance and some individual contributions during last Saturday’s win at Oxford City Nomads, with Ryan Davis, signed on a work experience deal from Cheltenham Town, and Macaulay Herbert returning in defence and giving the Rovers side a more solid look.

“Two clean sheets in a row is probably what we needed”, Pritchett added. “Ryan’s debut was a decent one, but the whole team put in a good performance, which I took great pride in.”

There will be one enforced change for Rovers this weekend, with Brett James suspended after accumulating his tenth caution at Nomads, but Pritchett has an otherwise full complement to select from, with young midfielder Cam Williams hoping for a second consecutive start, after being restricted to occasional substitute appearances since his last full appearance on 7 October.

Saturday’s game kicks-off at 3pm at Glevum Park, with admission £5 for adults (£3 concessions) and U16s given free admission.