Rovers looking to Thame their high-flying hosts

With 2016 drawing to a close, Tuffley Rovers head into their next Uhlsport Hellenic League, Premier Division game, on Saturday, hoping to tame the free-scoring second placed side Thame United.

Rovers’ hosts this weekend had been unbeaten in the league until 15 November, scoring 62 times and conceding just 23 goals in their first fifteen games, but have since suffered two defeats, against Bracknell Town and Binfield, with only one goal for in those two fixtures.

Conversely, Mark Pritchett’s team recorded wins against both those opponents and head into Saturday’s tie off the back of collecting three more league points, against Henley Town, last weekend.

Following a spate of injuries and suspensions, Pritchett has the relative luxury of only three players being unavailable for selection this week, and it brings a welcome selection headache for the Rovers boss.

“We’ve seen our form go up-and-down over the past month or so and the constant changes to our line-up have probably taken their toll”, he said. “Now that we have some many players returning to the squad, it makes my job a little more difficult, but I would rather have that problem.”

Liam Wright is unavailable, as he is away on holiday, whilst Jamie Goodwin will be unavailable for selection after suffering concussion following last week’s victory. The other player absent will be Ben Tunnicliff, who serves the second of a three game suspension. Marcus Foxwell is back in contention for a place in the side, after a prolonged absent due to work commitments.

A win would see Rovers surpass their entire points total for the 2015/16 season, as they look to cement their place in the upper echelons of the Premier Division table but Pritchett’s men will need to be on-form, if they are to repel Thame United’s renowned strike force of Andrew Gledhill and Lynton Goss, who have already scored 53 goals between them this season.

Kick-off is 3pm on Saturday, at The ASM Stadium in Thame.