Rovers return to action on busy weekend for the club

When Saturday (finally) comes, as Rovers resume Hellenic League action this weekend!

After four Saturdays without a game, Tuffley Rovers return to league action on Saturday, as they travel to play Ardley United….for the fourth time this season!

Mark Pritchett’s side have been without a fixture since losing to Bracknell Town almost 35 days ago and although some players have managed to keep up their fitness levels playing for the club’s other four sides, a return to action against one of the division’s form sides and a familiar foe promises to be a significant challenge.

Early season meetings in the FA Cup and FA Vase competitions, which saw one win apiece, were followed by a 2-0 defeat for The Rovers when Ardley visited Glevum Park on 10 December, but all of the games have been competitive affairs, and Pritchett is anticipating that this weekend’s game¬†will be no different.

“We know this is going to be a tough game, as Ardley United have been in good form, but if we can show the form that we demonstrated in the last four games we played, they won’t look forward to playing us”, he said.

Since Rovers last played, Ardley United have been in good form, with seven wins in nine games since the win at Glevum Park, with four consecutive victories, in league and cup competitions, as they head into Saturday’s game. “Ardley are probably one of the form sides in the division, so we know we are going to be up against it, but we are capable of beating them, as we’ve proven already, so this is another chance to show what we are capable of”, Pritchett confirmed.

The break has helped ensure that Rovers resume league action with a relatively clean bill of health and with the squad free of suspension, meaning Pritchett has a strong squad to select from, with only Shayne Bradley and Jamie Goodwin ruled out of the game this weekend.

Other squads

All Rovers’ other sides are in action over the weekend, on what will prove to be a busy weekend for the club.

The Reserves travel to play Berkeley Town in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League, Division One, looking to record a third consecutive victory, which should be enough to distance them from the relegation scrap that they had, until recently, become embroiled in.

After a much needed victory last weekend, the Thirds will be playing host to Bush at Beaufort, on a weekend when all the Stroud League sides are in action. The Fourths replicate the Reserves’ tie, albeit with a home fixture, as they welcome Berkeley Town Reserves to the other Beaufort pitch. The final Stroud League game will be in Division Seven, with Will Cronshaw’s Fifths making the journey to Rodborough Old Boys 3rds.

On Sunday, the Veterans will be looking to get back on the goal trail, after three blanks in the last four games, as they play Tewkesbury Town (Saturday) Veterans, at All Saints Academy, in a 12 noon kick-off. Meanwhile the Under 18 squad will play Painswick Youth at Glevum Park, weather permitting.

Good luck to all our sides, on what promises to be a very busy weekend!