Rovers ready for Floodlit adventure

After three impressive league performances, Tuffley Rovers go into cup action on Tuesday evening, when they will host Premier Division leaders, Thatcham Town, in the Perpetua Press, Hellenic League Floodlit Cup.

Rovers and Thatcham Town have already met once this season, when the league leaders won 2-1, thanks to Callum Willmouth’s late headed winner, back in August, and they currently sit five points and two places apart in the Hellenic League table, so the game has the potential to be another close affair.

With a mounting injury list to contend with, Rovers manager, Mark Pritchett, is considering shuffling his numbers for the cup game, with new signing Gareth Jones, and Reserves’ captain Ryan Dobbins potential additions to the starting line-up for the tie.

Dobbins has been in particularly good form for the club’s Reserves this season, having scored nineteen times in eleven games, and Pritchett is looking to give him an opportunity to taste first team action.

“Ryan has been playing well and a cup competition gives us a chance to see what he can do at a higher level after he’s been scoring freely for the Reserves” said Pritchett.

Jones is also looking for a chance to impress, after recently being granted International Clearance to move from Welsh side CPS Llanberis. “Gareth got fifteen minutes on Saturday (at Highmoor Ibis) and he looked sharp, considering he hadn’t played for over a month. He deserves a chance, as a reward for his patience and whether he starts or comes on to make an appearance, it will be good to get him involved again”, Pritchett added.

With several players missing or not fully fit on Saturday, Pritchett felt his side did well to secure a point at Highmoor Ibis and was hopeful some players would return for the visit of Thatcham.

“Jack Overthrow, Sammy Drew, Mark Ford and Macaulay Herbert are unlikely to feature, as they aren’t yet over injuries they’ve picked up earlier in the season”, Pritchett confirmed. “Marcus Foxwell is still carrying a recent knock and now Warren Mann is also struggling, after picking up an injury against Highmoor, We’re hoping that Liam Wright and Shayne Anson will be back to fitness, although it will be touch and go whether they’re fit to be included on Tuesday evening.”

Given the mounting injury list, Pritchett has also added reserve team defensive midfielder, Keiron Mace, to his squad for the game. Harry Walker returns after being unavailable on Saturday.

Kick-off is 7:45pm and admission is £4 for adults, £2 concessions (U16s gain free entry if they are accompanied by a paying adult).