Rovers ready to host Bracknell Town

After a month of almost end-to-end cup football, Tuffley Rovers make a brief return to league action this afternoon, as they host in-form Bracknell Town at Glevum Park.

The fixture, against a side who currently sit fifth in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division table – one place above Rovers but with games in-hand – comes a week before further cup action and one of the biggest games in Rovers’ recent history, as they look forward to their Buildbase FA Vase 2nd Round Proper tie against Bodmin Town on 12 November.

Manager, Mark Pritchett, has been disappointed with some of the recent cup performances and is looking forward to the return to league action.

“We haven’t really been much of a cup team this year, although we have a really big game coming up in the Vase”, he said. “I was particularly disappointed with the result last week, so it is good to get back to league action this week, although we have the form team of the division to play!”

Pritchett’s side face a team who can be considered title challengers and who could go top of the league if they win their games in-hand, so he knows his squad will need to recover their early season form if they are to secure more valuable league points.

“We will need to be at it from the off and show the form that got us up near the top of the league earlier this season. If we’re not at it, we will get punished. I think their strikers have 30+ goals between them already this year, which tells me we need to start by defending well”, Pritchett added.

A steadily growing injury list has taken its toll on Pritchett’s squad in recent weeks and although he is pleased to welcome back Brett James, Macaulay Herbert and Tristan Haswell for today’s game, Ashley Davies is struggling with a foot injury that could keep him out.

Whilst the injury list is reducing in length, Pritchett will be without Gareth Jones, Shayne Bradley and Liam Wright for the game, with all three players serving suspensions. As a consequence, Pritchett might well hand another opportunity to Ryan Dobbins and Keiron Mace, who have both impressed for the club’s reserve team this season.

The game against Bracknell Town kicks-off at 3pm. Admission is £4 (£2 concessions) but U16s are admitted free of charge if accompanied by a paying adult.